Nigerians need obedience to win COVID-19 war – doctors
The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD) has called on Nigerians to obey all health protocols for the country to win the war against COVID-19.
President of the union, Dr Aliyu Sokomba made the call in a news conference on Thursday in Gombe to mark the opening ceremony of the association’s National Executive Council meeting.
Our correspondent reports that the meeting is being hosted by the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe to deliberate on issues affecting its 16, 000 members across the country.
Represented by Dr Julian Ojebo, the First Vice President of the association, Sokomba said the health system in the country would not accumulate COVID-19 crisis if the country get to that level.
He said that most Nigerians were not obedient to the laid down principles by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), adding “in this time we need obedience from all citizens to avoid crisis.”
“We are now at the community transmission era and we must obey to prevent further spread. Go to our markets, you will see that Nigerians do not care,” the NARD president said.
He added that if Nigerians had been obedient before now, “I am sure the rate of transmission will not be as high as we have it now.”
According to him, a lot of Nigerians do not know the fatality of COVID-19; it is a terrible disease that affects every organ system – the eyes, brain, lungs, liver, kidneys and other organs.
“As a critical care physician, we are the people that use ventilators; if you get to the point where you have to depend on ventilators, we will be in crises because we don’t have enough ventilators.”
Sokomba said physical distancing, hand washing in running water with antiseptic soaps, use of face masks and sanitiser were simple enough for Nigerians to obey.
According to him, Nigerians must take responsibility for their protection as the only person that can save you is you.
Sokomba called on government to put in place mechanisms to ensure proper enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the NCDC.
He also said that in the course of their meeting in Gombe issues affecting their members would be discussed and a communiqué would be issued on what next action to take having recently called off their strike.
“The issue of personnel protective gears and life insurance for our members, COVID-19 hazard inducement allowance, poor manpower and remuneration would top our agenda.
“We have over a thousand of our members who are exposed to COVID-19 and we have lost 14 of our members across the country to COVID-19,” he said