The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) expressed dismay that some of its members have contracted the coronavirus in the process of discharging their duties.
Health workers are prone to contracting infectious disease when discharging their duties as they are the first line responders for disease control.
The association in a statement released on Friday said that over 40 doctors and other health workers have tested positive, with three doctors and one nurse dead from the virus.
It lamented that the health workers contracted the disease within the society and at private health facilities as some of the patients refused to disclose important medical and travel information that would have increased the suspicion and facilitate the early diagnosis of COVID-19 infections.
NMA therefore appealed to the government to expedite action on distribution of PPEs to public and private hospitals without delay.
“We remind our members all over the federation to consider everyone presenting at the hospital for any ailments as potential COVID-19 patient until proven otherwise,” the NMA said.
MAURICE OGU (@cojmaurice)
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