COVID-19: Katsina health professionals cry over non-protection
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Coalition of health professional bodies in Katsina State has expressed concern over lack of personal protective equipment to healthcare personnel to safeguard them against contracting Corona virus.
In a three-page communiqué issued to newsmen at the end of the coalition meeting, the professional bodies said such equipment are absent for patients currently on admission at various hospitals.
The communiqué listed the equipment as gowns, face masks, hand gloves, boots, helmets and sanitisers among others.
The coalition comprises Nigerian Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria and Medical and Health Workers Union.
The Chairman of the coalition, Dr. Muhammad NafiuAbdulazez who read the communiqué, also called for the activation of a special system for active search and contact-tracing with efficiency gadgets suspect conveyance ambulance.
The communiqué also demanded for fully-equipped isolation centre devoid of existing ones at IDP camp and Katsina City Mall.
It called on Katsina state government to liaise with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for the provision of testing laboratory in the state.
The communiqué commended ongoing effort against the spread of Corona virus by the state government, but expressed concern on the non-inclusion of any member of the coalition into the various committees set up by government on Corona virus.
It pleaded with the entire people of the state to abide by measures taken by the state government against the outbreak of the disease.
The communiqué also commended philanthropists, organisations and groups for their donation for the fight against COVID-19.