Nigerian doctors react to rise of COVID-19 infection among health workers

Nigerian doctors react to rise of COVID-19 infection among health workers

- COVID-19 cases in Nigerian has seriously affected the health sector

- Doctors in the country have recommended measures that can be implemented to address the issue

- Government officials have been urging Nigerians to obey all COVID-19 guidelines to reduce the rate of infections

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Resident doctors in Nigeria have raised concerns over the rapid spread of the COVID-19 infection among health workers.

The medical practitioners under the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at a meeting in Imo, said it was time to compensate doctors who have suffered harm from the disease, Channels TV reported.

The national president of the association Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, urged the federal government to review hazard allowance as a way of encouraging medical professionals.

COVID-19: Nigerian doctors lament Increase of infection among health workers
Some health workers at the facility of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. Photo: Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
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He said:

“NEC demands that the current hazard allowance be upwardly reviewed within the next months in order not to encourage our members to continue to work at this critical moment of an increasing number of infection and mortality due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain industrial harmony in the health sector."

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Uyilawa also advocated for the speedy implementation of a life insurance scheme for all health workers.

Meanwhile, in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in Lagos state and Nigeria at large, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced a ban on gatherings of more than 50 persons across the state.

Legit.ng gathered the southwest governor made the disclosure on Sunday, January 31, during a press briefing.

Sanwo-Olu who stated this while giving an update on coronavirus in Lagos state said the order is in line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In another report, the presidency has warned Nigerians that they risk forcing the federal government to impose another lockdown if they refuse to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol of wearing masks.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, gave the warning on Sunday, January 31, in a statement shared on his Facebook page and sighted by Legit.ng.

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According to the statement, the Buhari administration is reluctant to lock down the country, however, the only way to avert restriction of movement is to observe the measures as put in place by the Presidential Task Force (PTF).

Source: Legit

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