The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed displeasure over some State Governments who the institution alleged to be vacillating on the closure of schools and banning social and religious gatherings, basking in the euphoria that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their states.
The NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile, who made the statement during a news conference on Thursday in Abuja, stated that the call became imperative in curtailing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
He said: “We are observing with dismay that some State Governments are vacillating on the closure of schools and banning social and religious gatherings, basking in the euphoria that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their states.
“NMA particularly observes that going by what is being put out by the media, relevant federal and states authorities are working independently thus leaving several grounds uncovered.”
The association further noted that a more result oriented situation would be one where federal and state governments are comparing notes, sharing intelligence and taking a uniform stand on issues.
It also noted issues such as modalities for effective implementation of interrupting the chain of transmission (social distancing), case detection, contact tracing and self- isolation, adding that “These lapses have resulted in the recent cases where some individuals defaulted the self-quarantine directives and went about mixing freely with the public.”
Faduyile further stressed that “The weakest link in the chain, could rubbish every effort of the stronger parts. Therefore the NMA calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an Executive Order to enforce compliance with the stay at home directive for non-essential workers over growing fears of the widespread of the coronovirus pandemic.
“NMA demands uniformity in implementing the lockdown orders on non-essential services. We, therefore, call on Buhari to issue an Executive Order to enforce compliance.”
Faduyile, who appreciated efforts so far put in place by government at all levels to contain the pandemic, said: “Working together eliminates this. This partnership and cooperation will be most needed in the area of technical support and funding.”