The Campaign Organisation of the aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Sunday paid tribute to healthcare workers and first responders is the countrn for their selfless sacrifice and bravery in the fight against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a statement on Sunday in Benin, the organisation described the healthcare workers as “heroes” who placed the collective welfare and survival of the nation over their own personal concerns to work tirelessly to curtail the spread of the viral disease and care for infected persons.
“While we embrace the warmth and safety of our homes, healthcare workers strive daily on the frontline to care for the sick, gain a more robust understanding of COVID-19, and offer us recommendations on how to remain safe and in good health.
“This is nothing short of heroic and no words will be sufficient to convey our gratitude,” the statement read in part.
“As a mark of appreciation and to ease the pressure on our heroes, we hope that everyone heeds the recommendations to remain indoors, maintain social distancing and practice good personal hygiene.”
It however expressed worry over the state of health facilities in some states and the reported exposure of medical professionals to the virus.
“For days now, we have noted with concern the growing reports of avoidable exposure of healthcare workers to COVID-19.
“In our home state of Edo, disturbing reports of infection of doctors have been reported in at least two health institutions, including the Irrua Specialist Hospital, due primarily to lack of protective gears that are meant to guarantee the safety of these professionals in the line of duty.
“The development threatens the success of our containment plans. Without protecting our health workers, we will not be able to stop COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we need their expertise and care.
“And it is the duty of the state to ensure that their sacrifice and service is not rewarded with avoidable danger to their health.
“We call on the state government to immediately address these concerns and make certain that health institutions in the state have all the equipment they need, and health workers get necessary protective gears to work safely, without being at the risk of contracting the virus.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Association of Residents Doctor (ARD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) chapter, on Sunday said 25 medical doctors who had contact with three patients who recently tested positive, had gone on mandatory self isolation.
In a statement, the ARD expressed its displeasure with the hospital’s management over what it described as poor handling of Coronavirus in the hospital.
According to the association, many of the health workers have complained of lack of personal protective equipments like face masks and hand sanitisers.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola