Covid-19: Katsina health professionals decried lack of Personal Protective Equipments
The Coalition of Health Professional Bodies in Katsina has asked Katsina state Government to consider converting Katsina City Mall and IDP Camp to Isolation Centre for COVID-19 suspected patients.
This is contained in a communique issued by the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Muhammad Nafiu Abdul-Aziz on behalf of other Health Professionals.
The communique is jointly signed by Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Katsina, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN).
Mr. Nafiu said, “The leadership demands for fully equipped Isolation center(s) to be provided devoid of existing hospital settings, of which Katsina City Mall, as well as the IDP camp, have been identified as suitable/alternative options.”
According to him, the coalition demands that essential protective equipment should be made available by the government for maximum protection to health workers and patients across facilities in the state.
“Personal Protective Equipment like gowns, face masks (N95 and others), hand gloves, boots, helmets, sanitizers should be provided for the protection of health care personnel and their patients across facilities in the state so that the health care workforce gives in its best.”
The Coalition also calls on State Government to liaise with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in the provision of a testing laboratory in Katsina State by decentralizing the NCDC laboratory.
While pleading populace to abide by Government’s directives, the coalition noted that it will continue to engage the community via mass media on the mode of prevention of COVID-19.
The Coalition, however, called on all wealthy individuals Organizations and corporations in the state to support the government with donations in the course of fighting COVID-19.
“We appreciate the ongoing donations by wealthy individuals, organizations, and groups in Katsina State. ”
“We call for more philanthropic gestures to emulate in support of the efforts by the state government from all well-meaning individuals, corporate bodies, organizations and the like.” He added.