Written by David LAWANI

Covid-19: CMA wants more isolation facilities

The President of Commonwealth Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, has called on the federal government to step up her efforts and deploy more facilities and resources to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Enabulele made the call after he undertook an inspection tour of the isolation centres in Lagos, Gwagwalada, and the National Hospital Abuja, to ascertain the state of preparedness of government health institutions.

While acknowledging the efforts so far made by the Chief Medical Directors of the centres, NCDC, the Federal Ministry of Health, some state governments, Enabulele stated that “there is urgent need to improve the capacity of the few isolation centres through deployment of more health personnel, resources and equipment, as well as the recruitment of more frontline health personnel, and empowerment of the few healthcare personnel currently on ground, through provision of adequate and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and incentives.

“This is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the isolation centres, as well as boost the morale of health workers, particularly those already in the field combating the dreaded pandemic’’.

According to him, “beyond the current efforts of the federal and some state governments, there is urgent need to expand and appropriately equip the isolation centres, strengthen the public health institutions, including the primary health care facilities, as well as the capacity of the health personnel at those levels, to enable them effectively manage cases of Covid-19, and other emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.”

In the same vein, Dr. Enabulele called on government not to hold back on total closures of all entry points into Nigeria, as well as effective reduction of mass gatherings.

According to him: “I think; it is important this is considered very quickly because the cases that have been coming in are imported cases. There is therefore need for government to go beyond partial closures, by extending the closure to every point of entry into Nigeria.

“I want to urge the government to quickly consider this so that the cases already in the country can be effectively managed. Every effort needs to be made to get the government to enforce a total shut down of the points of entry into the country, especially as a fragile health system like that of Nigeria, may find it difficult to cope with the kind of explosive situation that occurred in China and Europe''.

 

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