The ongoing strike action by Nigerian doctors may lead to loss of lives, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said.
The doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Monday, announced their decision to embark on an indefinite strike amidst increasing cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Abia health workers attending to patients without full protection, says commissioner
Abia commissioner for information, John Okiyi Kalu, says many health workers in the state might have been infected with COVID-19 as a result of unknowingly attending to patients without full protection.
Kalu disclosed this on Monday while responding to questions on the COVID-19 situation in the state.
Niger spends N1.2b on coronavirus activities
Niger has stated that it has expended N1.2 billion so far on COVID-19 activities.
Of this amount, N410 million was spent on medicals and N795 million was spent for other interventions, including palliatives.
Secretary to the Niger Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, who is the chairman of the state COVID-19 Task Force, stated these while fielding questions from members of the state House of Assembly.
’26 health workers die in Nasarawa’
A coalition of Nasarawa Health Professionals Association has alleged that 26 health workers, including six medical doctors, have died of COVID-19 in the state.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday in Lafia while declaring a seven-day total warning strike, the coalition spokesman and Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Peter Bulus, said the state government has neglected the health sector, a situation that allegedly led to the death of 26 health workers due to COVID-19.
Don’t re-open schools, other public places yet, FG warns states
The Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 has warned states against re-opening of schools and other places where people can gather in large numbers, as it is not yet safe to do so.
This is just as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the lockdown was eased to save lives.
Chairman of PTF/Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who gave the warning yesterday in Abuja, said the task force received reports that some states were contemplating the re-opening of schools, television viewing centres, sports stadia and other public places.