- NMA Kogi branch has raised an alarm claiming that doctors and other health workers in Kogi state are in danger
- The association cried out over the lack of enough COVID-19 testing done in the coronavirus free state
- Though Kogi has no confirmed case reported yet, a number of suspected cases have been attended to at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja
The Kogi state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has cried out saying the lack of enough testing for coronavirus in the state is putting doctors and other health workers at great risk.
According to Daily Trust, the NMA Kogi state chairman, Dr. Kabir Zubair, speaking with journalists on Thursday, May 21, in Lokoja, said such a challenge is affecting other clinical issues.
Zubair stated this in reaction to the report that only one sample had been sent in for test by the state to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which turned out negative.
He said this had triggered agitation from members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), who are among the first to attend to suspected coronavirus cases and the most exposed healthcare workers in the state.
The chairman said: “Although, no confirm case have been reported in Kogi State till date, but a number of suspected cases have been attended to at Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja and members of ARD are among the first to attend to these patients and as such they might be exposed to the highly contagious COVID-19.”
He went on to explain that FMC Lokoja is the only functional tertiary health institution in the state that attends to a wide range of patients.
“As a clinician, standard practice demands that the moment you have a clinical suspicion of an infectious diseases, the ideal thing is to carry out laboratory confirmation.
“COVID-19 is a highly contagious infectious disease responsible for the ongoing global pandemic. “In Nigeria, new cases are reported daily and community spread is accelerating," he added.
Recall that the NCDC raised a fresh alarm over the Covid-19 status of Kogi, with the agency disclosing that only one test was carried out in the northcentral state.
In its situation reports of Tuesday, May 19, NCDC said since Nigeria recorded its first case in February, a total of 36,899 samples have been tested with 6,175 positive cases. 1,644 cases have been discharged and 191 fatalities recorded in 35 states, including FCT.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that resident doctors at the FMC raised an anxiety alarm over the Covid-19 free state of Kogi, saying efforts to carry out test on patients have been frustrated by state government thereby exposing them to risk.
Amid growing concern, the doctors at the FMC said lack of adequate testing has increased the risk among health workers as Yahaya Bello-led government has been frustrating the efforts to ascertain the presence of the virus in the northcentral state.
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