Nigerian Medical Association Directs All Nigerian Medical Doctors to be Actively involved in the Countrol of Ebola, Commends President Jonathan for Emergency Declaration.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has directed all Nigerian doctors to get actively involved in the control battle of the Dreaded Ebola Virus and provide all the needed professional expertise to ensure the situation is brought under control as quickly as possible.
In a statement signed by the National secretary Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki, All State Branch Officers Committees are directed to immediately liaise with their respective Commissioners for Health, Information, Housing and Urban development, Environment and Water Resources, Education, as well as the Directors of Medical Services and Directors of Public Health with a view to fashioning out effective strategies to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus. Also to engaged key traditional rulers, religious leaders, market leaders, Okada riders and Road Transport Workers unions to ensure dissemination of necessary information on preventive and protective measures.
The association however noted with sadness that doctors and nurses, the usual frontline health care givers and who mostly bear the hazards of health care, have been falling victims of the disease while in their line of duty.
The Association therefore calls on Government at all levels to ensure that all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are made available to doctors and other healthcare workers to reduce the casualties and mitigate the risks these humanitarian service providers face. Government at all levels, Chief Medical Directors/Medical Directors and proprietors of private hospitals are hereby reminded that this is not the time to subject doctors and nurses, and indeed other health workers, to unnecessary hazards.
The NMA therefore, advices all doctors and nurses to insist on being well protected through provision of appropriate PPE before getting involved in the high risk components of the control processes.
The association added that the need to ensure all Health workers have Life Insurance Cover can no longer be ignored as the recent outbreak of Lassa fever that claimed the Lives of several Health workers and now Ebola are clear indications. The association thereby called on government to institute a well packaged Life Insurance policy for all health workers, particularly all those involved in this battle against Ebola and other Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases.
Furthermore, the State Chairmen of NMA are directed to set up Ebola control committees that will collaborate with the State Ministries of Health, International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, and volunteer teams to actualize the goal of combating the Ebola disease scourge, which will be coordinated by The National body of NMA
“The lives of Nigerians are paramount to members of the NMA/Doctors and Dentists. We wish to place on record that irrespective of the on-going strike action of the NMA (due to her dispute with the Federal Government), the Association effectively responded to other national disasters like the bomb blasts in Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi respectively in keeping with our commitment to attend to any disaster anywhere in the country while the strike lasts. This is in accordance with our oath of placing the lives of patients above all considerations. The same oath mandates us to do all in our powers to maintain the noble traditions of medicine, which at the moment are under serious threat in Nigeria.” The statement reads
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) commended President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for declaring the Ebola viral disease (EVD) a national emergency. which came on the heels of an earlier declaration of EVD as an International Public Health Emergency by the World Health Organization. In this regard, the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as well as other bodies are appreciated.