At least 20 Nigerian doctors have died from complications arising from coronavirus in the last one week, the chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter, Enema Amodu, has said.
Mr Amodu said this while speaking at a press briefing on Friday. He said the deceased health workers include consultants, professors and some resident doctors.
He said the figures keep increasing daily.
”For those of us in the health sector, we have lost quite a number of colleagues. Across the country, we have lost not less than 20 doctors in the last one week,” he said.
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Healthcare workers are often at risk of exposure to infections, including COVID-19 as they are the first responders to patients.
Although health workers have been advised to use full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before attending to patients, many do not have access to this equipment and as a result, over a 1000 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nigeria.
As of June 2, at least 812 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Nigerian health minister, Osagie Ehanire.
As of July, over 10 000 health workers in 40 Africa countries have been infected with COVID-19 virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) disclosed.
The exact number of health workers that have been infected in Nigeria so far cannot be ascertained as of the time of reporting.
Mr Amodu called for action amidst the second wave of the pandemic already ravaging the world.
He said the second wave is more catastrophic due to non-adherence to non-pharmaceutical measures put in place to curtail the spread of the virus.
“The world is already facing the second wave of the pandemic and this is so overwhelming. The second wave is more catastrophic because a lot of people have gone back to their ways of doing things,” he said.
Following an unprecedented spike in new COVID-19 cases across the country, the Nigerian government has announced that the country has entered the second wave of the pandemic.
As part of the response to the second wave, the federal authorities ordered the immediate closure of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants across the country.
The number of guests at weddings, conferences, among others has also been limited to 50 persons, according to the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.
Amodu further appealed to patients to restrain from hiding their past medical conditions to ensure the safety of health workers across the country.
He said some doctors contracted the virus as a result of poor knowledge of patient’s medical history and travels.
“To our patients, as you come to the hospitals, please oblige us. Wear your face masks, tell us the truth about your past medical condition. Stop holding any information back,” he said.