NMA chides A’Ibom govt over inability to equip isolation center

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The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, has chided the Akwa Ibom State government for its inability to equip the only isolation center with a ventilator and a test laboratory.

The state NMA, during a meeting held at Pacemaker Conference Hall of Doctors Mess in Uyo,  on Wednesday,  through its Public Relations Officer, Dr Emmanuel John, lamented the absence of a ventilator in the isolation centre, saying that the situation is unacceptable to the association and thereby, adviced the state government to set up surveillance screening posts in the state.

“The isolation centre does not have a ventilator. We have one isolation centre and it doesn’t have a ventilator. We only have two functional ventilators and they are not located at the isolation centre and our position as NMA is that it’s unacceptable that there are no ventilators in place.

“There is no testing laboratory and we are requesting the government to provide a four level testing laboratory. There is an abandoned one that they started at Ikot Ekpene, they should resuscitate it and give to us”.

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But in a swift reaction, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, rebuked the association, stressing that its members ought to join hands with government to fight the pandemic and not rushing to the public to ventilate their complaints.

Ukpong described the action of the association as a sabotage, saying at this time they supposed to be the ones to join hands with government to fight the pandemic “The NMA knows the channel to make their complaints. They are doctors. If they observed anything that is not acceptable in medical practice, they know where to go.

“Why should NMA go to the public and begin to talk to the public against the government? Is that not sabotage? At this period of infectious disease, are they not supposed to join hands with the government to help? Are they not supposed to be the ones refuting all the false rumours that are going on?

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“I have not heard any of them going to tell someone that bitter cola, alcohol and onion do not cure the virus, they have not said that and that is their responsibility.

“Is it today that we know the centre has not ventilator? Which state has an Isolation Centre in the South South. Delta State did theirs recently; they copied from us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Healthcare Professional of Akwa Ibom State comprising of NMA, NANN and other professional bodies have called on the state government to effect a lockdown as part of measures to curtail the spread of the disease to the state.

“We’re shocked that while passengers travelling through the Victor Attah’s International Airport are being subjected to screening, no screening of any kind is being conducted on the road and water borders,” the group lamented.

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