By Moses Emorinken, Abuja
The Nigeria Medical Affiliation (NMA) on Friday spoke in opposition to the choice of the Federal Authorities to calm down the stay-at-home order.
The umbrella physique of Nigerian docs described the transfer as untimely and may doubtlessly expose extra Nigerians to the coronavirus (COVID-19) an infection.
The affiliation warns that the nation might expertise a bounce within the variety of coronavirus instances as well being staff are grappling with quite a few challenges like lack for mattress areas in epicenters of the pandemic, particularly Lagos, unraveled trigger(s) of deaths in Kano State and delay within the distribution of non-public protecting gear (PPE) to private and non-private hospitals, amongst others.
President Muhammadu Buhari had declared a two-week lockdown of Lagos and Ogun states in addition to the Federal Capital Teritory (FCT) Abuja throughout his first deal with on the pandemic on March 29, 2020, to allow the nation deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
On April 12, the President addressed the nation once more on the identical concern, saying an extension of the lockdown by two weeks.
Nevertheless, on April 27, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari authorised a ‘phased and gradual easing’ of lockdown measures in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun when he prolonged the lockdown by one week.
The comfort of lockdown is billed to take impact from Monday, Could 4, 2020.
On the time of submitting this report, there have been 2,170 confirmed instances of coronavirus within the nation with 238 new instances recorded nationwide yesterday.
The variety of discharged sufferers was 319 whereas the variety of deaths stood at 58.
The President of the NMA, Dr. Francis Faduyile, in a press release in Abuja, mentioned: “Because the incidence of the COVID-19 hits the 2000th mark by this weekend, simply seven days after hitting the 1000th mark, it figuratively tilts the epidemiological curve in direction of an upward spike.
“Extra so, the revelation by the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) that the nation lacks mattress areas in Lagos worsens this horrifying situation.
“The complicated scenario in Kano is neither unraveled nor resolved. On the identical time, some states proceed to stay within the delusion of zero COVID-19 incidences.
“The easing of the lockdown even in phases could be very untimely. Nigeria ought to study from her neighbour Ghana the place the identical motion produced 100 per cent improve in an infection price in only a week.
“As an alternative, the affiliation believes that companies of state ought to intensify efforts by way of mass enlightenment campaigns past present makes an attempt to clarify the risks inherent in easing the lockdown prematurely within the face of rising an infection charges; and in addition for the palliatives to succeed in the needy.”
The NMA condemned the pronouncement of the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Muhammed, mandating the usage of chloroquine and Zithromax to deal with coronavirus sufferers within the state.
It describes such method as improper and unethical.
“The Affiliation bemoans the fairly meddlesome pronouncements by some state actors on the administration protocols for COVID-19 within the nation.
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“Particularly, we view the directive by the Bauchi State Governor for the usage of a particular drug within the remedy of optimistic instances as improper and unethical.
“Medical docs have the prerogative to make use of no matter remedy routine they take into account greatest based mostly on proof and presentation of the sufferers.
“We, subsequently, implore our leaders to desist from distracting our time examined docs and well being staff.
“As an alternative, they need to encourage them by way of the supply of non-public protecting gear (PPE), incentives and communication instruments to work together with friends throughout the nation and abroad as it’s customary on the earth of medical science to reach at the very best interventions for his or her sufferers,” he mentioned.
He added: “With 113 healthcare staff in Nigeria reportedly contaminated with COVID-19 in the midst of discharging their duties, NMA reminds all docs and healthcare staff to not let down their guards in adhering strictly to an infection prevention and management protocols.
“The Affiliation re-emphasises that every one healthcare staff ought to put on the correct PPE earlier than attending to any affected person as each affected person is a possible COVID-19 affected person.
“Moreover, the Affiliation notes with dismay the delay in distributing the accessible PPE to all private and non-private hospitals to stop, detect and deal with extra sufferers because it should, and pray that the burgeoning paperwork is just not a clog within the wheels of progress on this regard.
“We want that the ‘Panel of Consultants’ just lately inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Well being (FMoH) is empowered to right away begin their work of considering, analysing, synthesising, collating and disseminating probably the most related medical info that informs the most effective administration of our COVID-19 sufferers.
“Science and data should inform insurance policies and politics. We recognize the FMOH for lastly listening to the plea we made a number of weeks in the past.
“We want the nation and our individuals the protection and safety from COVID-19 whereas praying the authorities to proceed to hold out all obligatory and extra invigorated knowledge-based interventions in direction of a zero COVID-19 Nigeria.”