- The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) president has faulted the decision to let states lead the fight against COVID-19
- Innocent Ujah explained that many Nigerians will suffer if governors are allowed to take responsibility
- Ujah urged President Buhari not to allow governors to take charge as the pandemic is not a political issue
The president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Innocent Ujah has kicked against the decision to allow states to take responsibility for managing COVID-19 cases in their areas, The Cable reports.
Ujah while speaking on COVID-19 Watch, a programme on AIT, said if governors are allowed to manage cases, many Nigerians would suffer for it.
The NMA president urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to give state governors the power to take full control of managing the pandemic.
Ujah while noting that coronavirus is not a political issue, added that disease is an emergency and the coordination is extremely important.
“I believe that the president should please not devolve those powers. This is an emergency. Coordination is very important and the coordination should be central, should be from a point, because once you do that, Nigerians will be finished. And we pray that he doesn’t do that.
“This is not a political issue; this is a health issue. It cuts across everybody. We know where the commitments are and we will need the president to please prevail on the governors. If we leave it to the governors, our people will suffer; they will die and it doesn’t really matter to many of them,” he said.
It would be recalled that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 disclosed that the next stage in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic would be driven by state governments.
The chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure on Sunday evening, May 31, shortly after a meeting with Buhari.
“I can assure you about one thing, that the ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states and the national supervision and coordination because we have gone into community transmission," he said.
Mustapha noted that the local government, the traditional institutions, and religious leaders will play an important role in checking the spread of the virus.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria on Sunday, May 31, confirmed 307 new COVID-19 cases in the country, taking the total of infections in the country to 10,162. The new cases were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its twitter handle.
The data from the NCDC showed that the cases were spread across 15 states with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 188 cases, Abuja – 44, Ogun – 19, Kaduna – 14, Oyo – 12, Bayelsa – 9, Gombe – 5, Kano – 3, Delta – 3, Imo – 2, Rivers – 2, Niger – 2, Bauchi – 2, Plateau – 1 and Kwara – 1.
The agency stated that there are 6, 868 active COVID-19 cases in the country as 3,007 people have recovered and have been discharged, with 287 deaths recorded.
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