APBN commends Nigerian health professionals in fight against covid ...

The
Delta State chapter of Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) has
commended the governor of Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and health care
professionals in the state over their professional and important role both has
been playing against the ravaging pandemic that is said to have killed millions
of people all over the world, whilst recommending for testing facilities in
the state for proximal advantages for the inhabitants of the delta .

In
a statement signed by both Tpl Paul Akporowho and Lewis Afolabi, president and
Secretary of the chapter of the body; said undoubtedly the decision coming from
his Excellency, governor Okowa putting the state under lockdown was a wise
decision and courageous, saying the complementary roles of health care professionals,
security and the understanding of Deltans remain golden.

The Statement Puts: “We
appreciate your decision to take into importance the far-reaching implication
by asking  inhabitants  staying at home and observing the physical
distancing essentially by the good people of delta state in joint contribution
to the continuous success towards our collective drive to contain, control and
defeat the COVID-19 scourge”.  


“It isn’t news that the Coronavirus
disease is an infectious disease newly discovered and has the ability to be
rapidly transmitted from one infected person to another”.

“Our People must continue take sustainable precautions
against this illness, where symptoms such as dry cough, sore throat, and
sneezing, where additionally, some get severe in those with underlying medical
conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic respiratory and
cardiovascular diseases, as  prevention
of spread of the infection include hand washing with liquid soap, use of
alcohol-based hand sanitizers, use of face masks and avoiding frequent touching
of the face amongst others becomes of importance”.

“Rapid
serological testing kits are being validated for use in Nigeria, Currently;
only about 9 centres have the capacity to undertake molecular testing in
Nigeria, with the closest to Delta being the Irruah Specialist Teaching
Hospital in Edo State”.

“The
APBN have observed that provisions of Personnel Protective Equipments (PPEs)
are grossly inadequate, It is not uncommon to see environmental health offices,
health workers and security personnel deployed to enforce social distancing and
other related rules in the markets, roads and other public places without any
form of PPEs, security personnel deployed to enforce the lockdown lack
awareness and proper briefing, leading to incidents of harassments and
intimidation of individuals, Keke raiders and market women who have cogent
reasons to be on the road and other places are not left out as victims”

“We
however advise, since it becomes imperative for every health worker and
supporting personnel who is at the forefront of the fight against Coronavirus,
to be protected in order that they stay alive, therefore, the provision of
appropriate Personal Protective Equipment becomes expedient”  

“The
Professional Bodies believe despite the successes made so far, there is  also the need for all to brace up as we are
approaching the 4th week of the lockdown”.

“Things
are about to get even tougher as many households are running out of foodstuff and
incomes needed by their families to survive during this period is gradually diminishing”.

“We
Suggest Delta State Government needs to step up its efforts at providing
palliatives, as  there is  the need to make more  distribution and monitoring with efficiency
and transparency  by involving credible
religious leaders, professional bodies and the media”.

The
APBN is of the views that corporate bodies, religious organisation,
non-governmental organizations and other well-meaning
individuals  should be involved by
complementing Government efforts in
provision of palliatives in order to reduce and ameliorate the widespread
hardship in the land, occasioned by
loss of livelihood especially amongst the less privileged and a majority of those
who lost their means of livelihood because they largely depend on daily work to
eke out a living.

“We
understand that part of means preventing rapid spread of the pandemic is by identifying
those infected as quickly as possible through accurate testing of the vast majority
of the population. With just about 9 testing centres in Nigeria, this is
grossly inadequate”.

The
Association of Professional Body, therefore, call on the Delta State government
to put the existing Genexpert machines deployed for detection of tuberculosis
with slight modifications, using appropriate software for detection of the Coronavirus.
“Delta State currently has about 10 Genexpert machines in some health
facilities, which can go a long way in increasing testing capacity if put into
use. The establishment of at least two (2) molecular diagnostic centres; (one
each in Asaba and Warri) will surely reduce the turn-around time in detection
of infectious diseases and aid in saving lives and curbing the spread of the
disease”.

“We
are hopeful that since his Excellency the Governor is a medical doctor himself,
will not only give urgent attention to this recommendation but will do all
that is necessary to make the testing facilities functional, efficient,
accessible and affordable to them all”.

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