The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors has confirmed the death of 1 of its members from Lassa fever .
President of the Association, Aliyu Sokomba told Channels Television that the medical doctor who worked in Benue state, died today at the Irua Specialist Hospital in Edo state because of complications of Lassa fever he contracted while treating infected patients. He also said that few other doctors have also lost their lives to the deadly disease
The NARD President also raised a priority that a lot of medical doctors across the country may have contacted the covid -19 disease due to the hazards they expose themselves to while getting to patients without adequate protection.
While he stressing the shortage of private protective equipment, including masks,surgical masks in most of the hospital across the country in the face of the battle to contain the COVID -19 pandemic globally, the NARD President called on the Federal, State and local governments to kindly reward the medical doctors with an upward review of their hazard allowance to 200,000, also as providing them with life assurance and improved infrastructures within the hospitals.
He also stressed the necessity for correct monitoring and distribution of equipments and funds donated for the fight against COVID -!9.
“Every other day we hear of several donations being made by corporate bodies and other several well meaning Nigerians ,yet still we don’t have gloves,appropriate masks in our hospital.
Currently we head home with a nibbling fear of death of infecting our loved ones incases of contracting the disease.
In the face of all this, we still head home with the paltry sum of 5000 as hazard allowance monthly,” the NARD President stated.