There are fresh indications that Nigeria health workers COVID-19 index case might skyrocket and eventually down tools if the current ugly working conditions persist in the sector.
It was reported that health workers in the country are working under duress as a result of lack of health preventive materials and poor facilities, in tackling and curtaining the spread of coronavirus cases.
The recent scenario was the Plateau state health workers threaten strike action and Two Edo doctors tested positive to coronavirus.
This development has further worsen health workers moral in the country as fear grip the workforce of getting hit with the virus.
At the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, it was gathered that the two tested positive doctors worked at the facility’s Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology departments.
According source, the doctors began to exhibit the commonly known symptoms of COVlD-19 after attending to patients. The tests ran on them however came out positive.
“We don’t have personal protective equipment; no enough face masks, hand sanitisers and hand gloves. The doctors were doing their normal work. The centre where the two doctors worked was involved in the treatment of coronavirus at lrrua. The two patients infected two doctors in two separate departments in the facility”
The nurse said there were fears at the hospital as many nurses had been filing for their annual leave to stay away from the facility. The source added, “Many people have applied for their annual leave but I wouldn’t know if they have been approved. I can’t risk my life working in a facility where there is no PPE. Even a consultant has shut down his outpatient clinic for lack of PPE at the hospital.”
• Plateau health workers threaten strike over lack of protection equipment
Nurses and midwives in Plateau State under the aegis of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses And Midwives have threatened to withdraw their services if the state government fails to protect them from the coronavirus pandemic
The health workers who addressed a press conference in Jos, the state capital, on Saturday accused the state government of exposing them to the risk of the virus by not providing them with personal protection equipment .
The Chairman, NANNAM, Plateau State, Mrs Briskila Dabit, said, “Everyone knows about the danger of COVID-19 and it will be unfair on the side of government to expose our members to the virus without personal protection equipment.
“We have decided to down tools in all health centres, including hospitals and isolation centres if the state government will not provide our members with the desired protection equipment”
“We need protection if we must serve our fellow citizens as patriots.
But the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Government House, Dr Macham Makut, who described the nurses’ threat to withdraw their services as unfortunate, explained that the state government had already purchased about 400 units of personal protection equipment for distribution and is also in the process of producing more locally.