Another health worker at the Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State has been infected by the Coronavirus.
It has been discovered that another health worker who happens to be a doctor at the Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo State Nigeria, has been infected by the COVID-19.
This was revealed on “Sunrise Daily” by the President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba and also confirmed in a tweet thread by some of the victim’s colleagues on twitter.
According to Dr. Sokomba, six of the doctors have fallen to the death of Lasser fever as Dr. Philip Dzuana made the sixth number and that another doctor has been infected with the COVID-19.
He also lamented on the risky exposure of health workers to these disease/virus and their poor compensations as he insisted that the victory of the country over this dilemma is highly dependent on the guaranteed welfare and wellbeing of health workers who are at the forefront of the battle.
“At the moment, as health workers continue to play their part in containing the spread of the disease, the health workers are not protected. One of our colleagues died just yesterday from Lassa fever. This is the state of our health care institutions and that is the fate of most health care workers in the country.
“Just yesterday again, one of our doctors in Irrua Specialist Hospital Irrua Edo State had tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. What that means is that these doctors that are testing positive to various diseases are being left alone to take care of themselves,” Sokomba expressed.
Furthermore, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba explained “There is no form of life insurance for them. There is no form of compensation. To say the least, what these doctors benefit at the end of every month as hazard allowance is N5, 0000. So, we are worried that if victory against COVID-19, Lassa fever outbreak in the country is to be achieved, the welfare and wellbeing of doctors and other health workers who are on the frontline must be secured.”