The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kano state branch has distributed 83 carton of hand sanitizers and 50,000 pieces of face masks, worth N5 million to its members.
Addressing journalists at the NMA’s secretariat in Kano on Thursday, chairman of the association, Dr Sanusi Muhammad Bala said the gesture was part of self-protection among the members.
Dr Bala said the items would be distributed to all NMA members across the state, calling on well meaning people in Kano to support the doctors with more.
He lamented the skyrocketing price of the medical consumables in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, saying “in normal circumstances, the price of these items might not exceed two N2 million but now we have spent about N5 million on these few items.”
He noted that medical personnel are at the risk of contracting viruses as number of infections among doctors and other health workers is alarming, hence the need for self-protection in order to be healthy enough to treat patients.
According to him, it is high time for members of the association to dedicate their hazard allowance or salaries on preventive measures, in case if their station fail to provide it for them.
The chairman maintained that the concerned authorities should not taken the doctors’ individual efforts for granted, noting that “it remains their primary responsibilities to provide protective equipment to the workers.”
Dr Bala then called on the government to be fully ready to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus in the state.
“It is time to give more community sensitization and contact tracing, as individuals and group. It is time to start preparing for lockdown, incase circumstances warrant such.
” It is time to stockpile Personal Protective Equipment. It is time to accommodate and train the unemployed health manpower, (Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab scientists, CHEWS etc.
Dr Bala also called on the government to have ventilators, and so many empty beds ready for uncertainties, urging the general public to intensify prayers against the pandemic.