The President Association of Resident Doctors FCTA chapter Dr Nnamdi Nd-Ezuma, has advised Nigerians to follow the set down rules regarding COVID-19 to prevent its spread.
He made the disclosure while briefing Journalist at the opening ceremony of 2021 annual health week in Abuja.
He encouraged Nigerians to receive COVID-19 vaccination.
“Vaccination is very important for everyone, as it will serve as a form of protection from the virus. We want all Nigerians to go and take the vaccine. It is still on record that those vaccinated still get the COVID-19 virus.”
” We need to follow the safety precautions guidelines by the health authorities. If we look around people have relaxed in wearing of mask. For now we should see wearing of mask as the right thing to do, until COVID-19 slows down.”
He further advised the federal government to put in place strict border control mechanism to control the movement of people from one location to another.
“If the variant is in South Africa, it means Nigeria is not far away from the virus. We want the welfare of doctors to be attended to urgently. We need to control the flow of people into our country, and regulate the border effectively “.
In the same vein, he noted that the health union is liasing with management regarding strike action.
“We want seamless compensation of renumeration for health workers.
The promotion arears of 2016 and 2017 has been paid, its remaining 2018. The unpaid salary of 2019 has been sorted out. We hope that the government will attend to us faster.”
According to Dr Nnamdi, the theme of the health week, ” The unresolved crises in Nigeria healthcare sector” was identified and chosen with the aim of discussing the different sources of the crisis.
“It is meant to look at possible solutions to the long lasting problems. Earlier in the year, there was a mass exodus of medical professional of all cadre to climes with better health systems and renumerations”.
The essence of the health week is to relate with relevant stakeholders on how to improve the health sectorThe FCTA chapter of National association of resident doctors comprises of all resident doctors under the employ of FCTA in the 14 general hospitals and public health board of FCT.