The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) – Emeka Amodu, has lamented on the recent increase in death of medical personnels in the country.
Amodu, who spoke at Friday’s media briefing stated that 20 doctors had passed away within a week; due to Covid-19 complications.
He also highlighted on the need for provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).
“We are skilled, trained personnel to handle emergency conditions, and we need things to work with. We need ICUs; we need drugs; we need face masks; we need PPEs; we need hand sanitisers.
“This second wave is so overwhelming. This second wave is more catastrophic and this probably will be because a lot of people have gone back to the way of doing things. They thought the virus is over; it has come and it is gone and they’ve let their guards down.
“For those of us in the health sector, we’ve lost quite a number of colleagues in the last one week alone. Across the country, we have lost not less than 20 doctors in the last one week.
“We are not in any way demeaning anybody or insulting anybody. When you sit before a doctor, ensure the safe distance and comply. And when the doctor asks if there is any other problem, please be gracious enough to let them know if you’ve either just survived COVID-19, you’re on treatment for COVID-19, or your family member is on treatment for COVID-19. Please be honest,” he stated.
The NMA Chairman also took out time to talk on hazard allowance for health workers while encouraging Nigerians to adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols during this period.