…expresses concern on reported infections of doctors in Edo
The Campaign Organization of the frontline aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has paid tribute to healthcare workers and first responders across the nation for their selfless sacrifice and bravery in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease.
In a statement released on Sunday in Benin City, the organization described the healthcare workers as “heroes” who place the collective welfare and survival of the nation over their own personal concerns and work tirelessly to curtail the spread of the viral disease and care for infected persons.
“While we embrace the warmth and safety of our homes, healthcare workers strive daily on the frontline to care for the sick, gain a more robust understanding of COVID-19, and offer us recommendations on how to remain safe and in good health. This is nothing short of heroic and no words will be sufficient to convey our gratitude,” the statement read.
“As a mark of appreciation and to ease the pressure on our heroes, we hope that everyone heeds the recommendations to remain indoors, maintain social distancing, and practice good personal hygiene.”
It however expressed worry over the state of health facilities in some states and the reported exposure of medical professionals to the virus.
“For days now, we have noted with concern the growing reports of avoidable exposure of healthcare workers to COVID-19. In our home state of Edo, disturbing reports of infection of doctors have been reported in at least two health institutions, including the Irrua Specialist Hospital, due primarily to lack of protective gears that are meant to guarantee the safety of these professionals in the line of duty.”
“The development threatens the success of our containment plans. Without protecting our health workers, we will not be able to stop COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we need their expertise and care. And it is the duty of the state to ensure that their sacrifice and service is not rewarded with avoidable danger to their health.”
“We call on the state government to immediately address these concerns and make certain that health institutions in the state have all the equipment they need, and health workers get necessary protective gears to work safely, without being at the risk of contracting the virus.”