Kogi state Government is frustrating our efforts to test patients for Covid-19 — Doctors

    Kogi state Government is frustrating our efforts to test patients for Covid-19 — Doctors

    The Kogi State Government has been accused of frustrating health personnel on their efforts to test patients who covid-19 symptoms in the state.

    According to President of the Association of Resident Doctors, FMC Lokoja, Agwu Nnanna who cried over the lack of adequate testing in a statement made available to

    Newsmen on Tuesday evening, said the current state of things in Kogi state he increased Covid-19 risk mong health workers.

    Nnanna has also called on the federal ministry of health and the presidential Task force on Covid-19 to ” To talk to all relevant stakeholders in Kogi state to ensure that.

    Covid-19 Test are carried out in the state for the safety of health workers, as this might lead them to take a drastic action.

    This came free the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that only one covid-19 test has been carried out in the state

    in a situation which went against the Kogi state Government claim of testing 111 patients, which all turned negative.

    He said;

    “Many patients with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 have been seen severally in the hospital but efforts to get them tested were frustrated by the state government authorities.
    “There is a palpable fear at the Federal Medical Centre Lokoja as medical doctors and other health workers raise alarm of imminent danger posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to their lives. 

    “This was against the backdrop of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) report issued on 17th May 2020 that only a single Covid-19 test has been conducted in Kogi State since the disease was recorded in the country about three months ago. 

    “The doctors fear that they are at a high risk of contracting the disease and transmitting same to their families and other unsuspecting patients. It is a known fact that without Covid-19 tests, physicians cannot properly categorize and treat the patients coming into the hospital in accordance with the management protocols. 

    “The federal ministry of health and the presidential task force on COVID-19 should rally all relevant stakeholders in Kogi State to ensure that tests are being done to ensure the safety of the healthcare workers as they are now the most-at-risk population in the state. 

    “One cannot underestimate the impact of this disease on the lives of the families who have lost loved ones to it. As at today across the country 603 doctors have been exposed, 149 confirmed positive and 7 deaths recorded. We in FMC Lokoja do not wish to be joined in these statistics.”

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