As the world celebrates 2020’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA has come out to say that 264 doctors have been exposed to COVID-19 situations in Nigeria thus far.
NMA recently revealed that out of these 264 doctors, 20 have tested positive, 2 have recovered and 3 have died.
According to the association, these doctors should be saluted for their astute conviction and unwavering patriotism amid the coronavirus pandemic.
NMA also commiserated with the families and associates of the deceased while hailing the dead for partaking in the war against the deadly virus.
A recent statement read, “Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives”,
“Availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) inadequate quality and quantity, amenities like running water, enabling the environment in the health service space and spirit-lifting motivation and incentives can mitigate hazardous environments, reduce drastically the incidence of nosocomial infections and engender a hazard-free health service environment.
“We salute the astute conviction and unwavering patriotism of all health workers in Nigeria especially the uncommon courage at the war front against COVID-19 and commiserate with the families and associates of the deceased.”
“This is also why the NMA has flagged off the “Save Our Private Health Practitioners (SOPHEP) Program” to mobilise resources in cash and kind to provide adequate PPE and consumables to assist private health facilities seemingly abandoned by public authorities to practice IPC for their safety and protection of their staff, their patients and by extension the general public.”