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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID - 19 : Bello Frustrating Efforts To Test Patients, Doctors In Kogi Lament


From Jane Okafor, Abuja

The Association of Resident doctors at the Federal Medical Center(FMC), Lokoja, Kogi State, on Tuesday lamented that the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello  was frustrating efforts to test patients, who have COVID-19 symptoms in the state.

The doctors alleged that the attitude of Bello - led administration to the issues of testing patients, puts them at a grave health risk and urged the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to rally all relevant stakeholders in Kogi State to ensure that testing of supected COVID - 19 patients were done.

The President of the Association, Dr Nnanna Agwu, in a statement obtained by The Daily Crucible, said that doctors at FMC Lokoja do want to join the statistics of people being infected or killed by the pandemic.

He said: “Many patients with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 have been seen severally in the hospital but efforts to get them tested were frustrated by the state government authorities. 

There is palpable fear at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, as medical doctors and other health workers raise alarm of imminent danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to their lives.

“This was against the backdrop of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control report issued on 17th May 2020 that only a single COVID-19 test has been conducted in Kogi State since the disease was recorded in the country about three months ago.

“The doctors fear that they are at a high risk of contracting the disease and transmitting same to their families and other unsuspecting patients. It is a known fact that without COVID-19 tests, physicians cannot properly categorize and treat the patients coming into the hospital in accordance with the management protocols.

“One cannot underestimate the impact of this disease on the lives of the families who have lost loved ones to it. As at today across the country 603 doctors have been exposed, 149 confirmed positive and seven deaths recorded. We in FMC Lokoja do not wish to be joined in these statistics.”

The Daily Crucible recalls that NCDC in its May 18 situation report noted that Kogi and Cross River states had the lowest figures of samples tested since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country in February 27, 2020 with Kogi forwarding only one sample while Cross Rivers submitted 7.

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