Moses EMORINKEN, Abuja
The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) yesterday disclosed that about 15 well being staff have misplaced their lives within the struggle towards coronavirus (COVID-19) within the nation.
It revealed that over 200,000 well being care professionals, particularly nurses and medical doctors, have been uncovered to COVID-19 whereas 70 nurses have examined constructive for COVID-19 and about 200 are in isolation.
On the entire, it mentioned that about eight medical doctors and 6 nurses have died from COVID-19.
The President of NANNM, Comrade Abdurafiu Adeniji, made this recognized at a briefing to commemorate this 12 months’s Nurses Day in Abuja yesterday.
He famous that stress, inadequate Private Protecting Tools (PPE), anxiousness, insufficient provision of medical consumables and few life help gear, absence of life insurance coverage, amongst different issues, are what well being staff are perpetually grappling with as they fight the lethal virus.
He mentioned: “Over two thousand Nigerian well being care professionals, particularly nurses and medical doctors, have been uncovered to COVID-19 whereas about 15 well being care professionals have misplaced their lives.
“Our well being care system seems to have been over-stretched and on the verge of being overwhelmed.
“The statistics as obtained by means of NANNM COVID-19 State of affairs Report Room, nearly one thousand nurses and midwives have been uncovered to coronavirus, out which about 200 are presently on isolation and about 70 out of about 600 which have been examined have examined constructive. On the entire, about six (6) nurses and midwives have misplaced their lives.
“There are additionally improve assaults on the nurses and midwives, hiding of medical/journey historical past in addition to non-disclosure of contact with an contaminated particular person when affected person and relative current on the well being care services.
“These additional expose frontline well being care professionals to infections, notably COVID-19 in our useful resource constraint society.
“As we’re speaking, go and ask skilled associations like Nigerian Medical Affiliation (NMA), nurses, who’re most affected, as on the final depend, after we are saying about 15 individuals have died, the NMA alone was claiming 7 or 8.
“Nurses which are affected as of this morning are greater than 250. This isn’t together with the individuals which are in isolation.
“Greater than 25 per cent of the full fatality from COOVID-19 are literally well being staff.
“This isn’t storytelling as a result of we now have misplaced those who educated together with us. We may give names and tackle for us to go and make sure, even outdoors the nation.”
Adeniyi additional acknowledged that the Federal Authorities is merely paying lip service to the difficulty of life insurance coverage for well being staff, describing it as ‘Abracadabra’.
It subsequently mentioned that providing two million to every particular person as life insurance coverage is completely unacceptable and proposed between N20m to N50m per particular person.
He mentioned: “The insurance coverage that Federal Authorities claimed to have put in place, I wish to say unequivocally and with out worry of retribution that what’s on floor in Nigeria is simply abracadabra.
“Some insurance coverage corporations wished to help Nigerian authorities and put this cash in place. Our request is that each well being employee in Nigeria ought to be supplied for. It’s the proper of the federal government to supply for this insurance coverage.
“Folks have laid down their lives and paid the supreme sacrifice and what goes to every particular person is about N2 million. This isn’t sufficient to handle the household of a person.
“Regarding the life insurance coverage, no well being employee has ever stuffed any kind. If the N11 billion is someplace, I’m certain that the Federal Authorities is holding it.
“The settlement was signed barely three weeks in the past and from that point until now, the factor is but to hit the stand, and I’m conscious that once they deduct salaries of well being staff, it didn’t take one week earlier than they did it.
“The Federal Authorities solely did a lip service that they may impress upon the Governors’ Discussion board.
“Most of this stuff, once you go to the state stage and also you see the way in which the factor is graduated, many of the states are simply doing abracadabra, besides few ones who give you one thing substantive.
“Our proposal to the federal government is that each life is price greater than a number of hundreds of thousands. The least from our proposal is that they need to present between N20 million to N50 million for a person to have the ability to a minimum of handle the individuals.”