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Lagos NMA shows concern over rate of COVID- 19 infections among health workers

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State Chapter, has shown concern over the rate of COVID- 19 infections among health workers in the state.

In a joint statement released by the state chairman and secretary of the association, Dr Adetunji Adenekan and Dr Ime Okon, on Thursday, the NMA advised doctors in the state to be more safety-conscious, The PUNCH reports.

The statement read, “It is with a heavy heart that our most affectionate chairman on behalf of the state officers committee of the NMA, Lagos State, wishes to commiserate with the families of our members who have succumbed to the COVID-19 disease at this precarious time in Lagos State.

“We also emphasise the need for a very high index of suspicion among health care practitioners and providers, particularly during this unpredictable second wave in the state.

“Consider everyone as a suspected COVID-19 case, and ensure universal precautions always.”

The NMA advised its members to continue to obey the preventive protocols of COVID-19 when performing their duties, advising members of the public to strictly adhere to the basic COVID-19 prevention guides.

The Lagos NMA said, “In the event of the experience of any COVID-19 related symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, anosmia, dysgeusia, malaise, breathlessness, do not keep to yourself, urgently seek medical attention.’’

“The events of the last few weeks have been quite unprecedented and very shocking within the medical community of our beloved state.

“There has been an increased rate of infections (morbidity) and deaths (mortality) of our most cherished members of the NMA, Lagos chapter.”

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