The Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, says no fewer than 20 doctors have died of Coronavirus in the country in the last one week.
This is according to NMA Chairman in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Dr. Emma Amodu.
Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, Dr. Amodu said infected patients failed to disclose their true health status, leading to the deaths of the doctors.
Decrying the situation, Dr. Amodu said, “For those of us in the health sector, we have lost quite a number of colleagues in the last week alone. Across the country, we have lost not less than 20 doctors in the last one week.”
“Tell us the truth about your past medical condition and don’t hold any information back,” he stated.
He also called on visitors to hospitals and clinics to always adhere to COVID-19 protocols which include wearing of face masks.
The medical practitioner said the deceased health workers include consultants, professors and some resident doctors.
Noting the recent increase in cases across the country, Amodu opined that the second wave of infections has been “catastrophic”.
“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,” he said.
“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”.
“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,” Dr. Amodu said.
He also advocated for an upward review of hazard allowance for health workers, and urged Nigerians to endeavour to comply with all safety protocols