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COVID-19: 20 Nigerian Doctors Died In Last One Week — NMA

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Friday disclosed that at least 20 doctors have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the last one week.

It, therefore, urged the general public to adhere strictly to the non-pharmaceutical protocols of hand washing, sanitizing, properly wearing face masks, and maintaining social distancing. It also urged patients to ensure full disclosure of a medical history of COVID-19 or COVID-19 related occurrences, so that health workers can better protect themselves while providing quality health care services.

The Association further decried the paltry sum of N5, 000 paid monthly to doctors as hazard allowance, calling on the government to ensure an upward review of their welfare packages

The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), FCT Chapter, Dr Enema Amodu, made this known during a briefing in Abuja.

He said, “Everywhere around the world at this time, we are facing a second wave, and this second wave is so overwhelming and more catastrophic because a lot of people have gone back to the way of doing things thinking that the virus is over, and it is gone and they have let their guards down.

“For those of us in the health sector, we have lost quite a number of colleagues in the last week alone. Across the nation, we have lost professors, consultants, residents (both senior and junior), very senior medical officers and nurses – some of them you may not hear of and some you may hear depending on the circumstances and whatever positions they are occupying. This goes to show that this virus is very much with us and they call it a second wave, but it is actually a continuum because it never really left us.

“I am here this afternoon on Christmas Day to solidarize first with the families of our members that have lost loved ones. I want to make it public that we are with you in this very trying and grieving moment of sadness over the loss of our colleagues who most likely are the breadwinners of their families. We also want to use this opportunity to talk to our patients; when you come to us in the hospitals and clinics, please oblige us and wear your mask. Tell us the truth about your past medical condition and don’t hold any information back.

“The figure of the number of our colleagues that have died is evolving every day but as I am standing here, I got a call from a colleague who is in an isolation centre, and he is not sounding very good. I can give you a figure now that by evening it will change. But I can tell you from the top of my head across the country, we have lost not less than 20 doctors in the last week.

By the grace of God, I am standing here today as a survivor because as an ENT consultant, I inadvertently saw a patient that I did not know had COVID-19 and she did not tell me, and she knew. I was exposed and contracted the virus; I developed symptoms but by the grace of God my colleagues rallied around me and I survived.

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