The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has called for the strengthening of hospitals in the country to combat the coronavirus, COVID-19.
NARD President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba made the call in Abuja, while briefing newsmen on the state of Nigerian health care workers in the public health care institutions.
Dr Sokomba said there was a need for the health ministry to address supply chain management, mapping, and stockpiling of COVID-19 response needs, such as large quantities of personal protective.
“Such as large quantities of personal protective equipment, gloves, surgical masks, coveralls, and hoods, and medical countermeasures, like antiviral agents to ensure health care workers are adequately protected.”
“The confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 comes at a time when Nigeria is still battling an outbreak of Lassa fever, which has caused 18 deaths since the beginning of the year affecting 27 States cutting across 100 LGA. Involving 26 health care workers thus far.”
The National President also called for the review and implementation of Group Life Assurance Policy of medical workers in the country, aimed at providing financial succour to the family of the Deceased medical personnel.
Dr Aliyu Sokomba cautioned the National University Commission, NUC on its planned distortion of the residency training programme as it relates to the residency training act, funding of residency and the duration of the programme.
“Specifically section 4 subsection 5 of the Act requires employers to maintain life insurance policy or death-in-service benefits scheme in favour of their employees.”
“This is aimed at providing financial succour to the family of the Deceased. And solely provided by the employer for the employee ‘s benefit as stipulated by the act.”
“We, therefore, join the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria in calling the NUC and the employers to call NUC to order and withdraw the circular.”
“We also wish to caution the NUC on its planned distortion of the residency training programme to be wary of the consequences as it relates to the residency training act, the funding of residency and the duration of the programme.”