The Anambra State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Friday lamented that should the Coronavirus pandemic hit hard on the state, there may be not enough staff to cater for the patients. Hence, they appealed to the State Governor, Willie Obiano, to recruit more medical personnel.
The association, through its Chairman, Dr Emmanuel Monago, who was represented by his Vice, Dr Jide Onyekwelu, said: “We need staff, I don’t know the staff strength of doctors in the civil service, but I’m sure they are not many. If this disease comes in and attacks hundreds of people at once, it will quickly overwhelm the workforce.
“It’s either they quickly recruit staff or make arrangements to engage doctors in private practice to assist.”
To this end, the association advised that all the markets in the state be completely shut down.
Dr Onyekwelu reassured that the association is ready to collaborate with the government including encouraging members to complement the medical personnel of government.
“That’s why we commend the Civil Service Doctors in the state for calling off their one-month strike. We’ve also advised our doctors to be at alert because doctors in private practice attend to more than 70percent of health needs of the people of the state.
“We’ve told them not to wait for government to provide some basic materials, including masks and sanitizers, because once it enters the hospital, it will be catastrophic,” he said.
Meanwhile, he advocated for the adoption of improvised methods and further advised visitors to stay away from hospitals in the state. The NMA boss insisted that only sick persons and their attendants are allowed entry to the hospitals until the scourge receded.
He said, “Do not visit hospitals unless you are sick. Only sick people or those attending to impatients and their attendants will be allowed entry to the hospitals. A notice board should be kept at the entrance to that effect.”
He further explained that “All health facilities should have staff at the entrance of their hospitals to ensure that all persons entering the facility wash and or sanitize their hands before entrance and exit.
“Have isolation room/ward where a suspected case will stay until contact is made with Anambra State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre on 08030953771 or 08117567363.”