15 doctors tested positive for COVID-19 in Nasaraw
Dr. Ikrama Hassan, Chief Medical Officer of Lafia Dalhatu Araf Specialty Hospital (DASH), found that 15 out of 139 doctors working at the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, The Nation reported.
He denied the State’s Resident Doctors Association’s claim that 35 doctors have tested positive for COVID-19.
Speaking over the weekend with our reporter at Lafia, CMD asked the Resident Doctors Association to discuss with DASH management their position on hospital closure in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19.
Residents have asked the Association to reduce the provision of services in all departments of the hospital in connection with the increase in the infection of medical workers with COVID-19.
He also said the second wave of the pandemic, which is more contagious and requires a concerted effort to combat it, argues that the request to close the hospital will result in high death rates in the state.
“All we are saying is let’s sit down and discuss, if three people tested positive in a particular department, what is the excuse for closing other departments that have not tested positive,” he said.
The hospital’s management is responsible for protecting its staff by providing all the tools they need to work and ensuring their protection, he said.
He also added that since personal protective equipment was provided by the hospital, the discontinuation of services by resident doctors in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic did not have a rational and scientific basis and therefore unacceptable.
“We asked clinics not to allow patients to come at the same time, for example, if you want to see 40 patients in one day, you ask 10 people to come at a certain time, and another 10 people at another. now with their face masks, ”he added.
“These are all ways to maintain physical distances that help protect patients and hospital workers,” he said.
“Our responsibility as hospital management is primarily to ensure that all our staff are protected in the performance of their duties.
“My call to us is to drink the milk of human compassion, we have adequate personal protective equipment, appropriate face masks for all of our staff, we provide dress masks for all our patient relationships and wash hands at strategic points. inside the hospital, “he said.
Our reporter learned that last Thursday, the Nasarawa State Resident Doctors Association called for an expansion of services in all departments due to the high infection rate of the facility’s healthcare workers.