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Kogi frustrating efforts to test for COVID-19′ — Doctors



THE Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, has tackled the State Government for frustrating efforts to test patients with Coronavirus symptoms.

In the May 17 situation report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Kogi was reported to have tested just one patient whose result returned negative.

The President of the Association, Agwu Nnanna, in a statement on Wednesday, accused Governor Bello of putting the state in a big risk.

The statement read: “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 massive 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 (NCDC) report issued on 17th May 2020 that only a single Coronavirus test has been conducted in Kogi State since the disease was recorded in the country about three months ago.

“The doctors are afraid that they are at a high risk of contracting the disease and transmitting the same to their families and other unsuspecting patients.

“It is a known fact that without Coronavirus tests, physicians cannot properly categorize and treat the patients coming into the hospital in accordance with the management protocols.

“The federal ministry of health and the presidential task force on Coronavirus should rally all relevant stakeholders in Kogi State to ensure that tests are being done to ensure the safety of the healthcare workers as they are now the most-at-risk population in the state.

“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 7 deaths recorded. We in FMC Lokoja do not wish to be joined in these statistics, he said”

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