Doctor in Edo contracts coronavirus from patient

Aliyu Sokomba. President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, has revealed that a doctor at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Edo State, has tested positive for the Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19.

Sokomba made this known during a programme on Channelstv.

According to him, the welfare of health workers battling with Coronavirus pandemic and Lassa Fever must be addressed as it is in a bad shape.

In his words,  “At the moment, as health workers continue to play their part in containing the spread of the disease, the health workers are not protected.

“One of our colleagues died just yesterday from Lassa fever. This is the state of our health care institutions and that is the fate of most health care workers in the country.

“Dr. Philp Dzuana is the sixth doctor to have died of Lassa fever in the country and very little is being done to getting this kind of situation under control.

“Just yesterday again, one of our doctors in ISTH, Iruaa, had tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. What that means is that these doctors that are testing positive to various diseases are being left alone to take care of themselves.

“There is no form of life insurance for them. There is no form of compensation. To say the least, what these doctors benefit at the end of every month as hazard allowance is N5,000.”