COVID-19: FG urged to expand testing facilities
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
THE Nigerian Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (NAPRAS), has pleaded with the Federal Government to expand the nation’s testing capacity for COVID -19 as well as provide adequate and high quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use by health workers at frontlines.
The association’s secretariat based at Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, also resolved to remain resolute in the fight against the virus, bearing in mind the limitations of the nation’s health care system.
President of the Association, Prof. J.N Lego and the Secretary General, Dr.A.O Iyun, made the appeal in a statement jointly signed and made available to newsmen in Sokoto.
It implored members and colleagues who are at the forefront of the fight against Covid -19 to take maximum precautionary measures while giving care to patients in their different hospitals.
While advising colleagues in both public and private practice to cut down on elective surgeries, as these are variable settings for close contact over some hours.
“However, elective surgeries should be done in select cases where delay would result disease progression that could adversely affect treatment outcome, “it added.
The President maintained that the leadership of the association will use all measures at its disposal to continue to create awareness and sensitise the people on the ways to take appropriate precautions that would reduce the number of cases that are increasing on daily platforms.