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Kogi Doctors Accuse Yahaya Bello Of Putting Them At Risk, Over His Failure To Allow Tests On Patients With COVID-19 Symptoms

Valentine Chinyem

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The Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, Kogi State, has accused the the state governor, Yahaya Bello, of frustrating efforts to test patients, who have COVID-19 symptoms in the state.

In a statement which was released on Tuesday, the President of the Association, Dr Nnanna Agwu, urged the Federal Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to rally all relevant stakeholders in the State to ensure that tests are being done.

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 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 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.

“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 seven deaths recorded. We in FMC Lokoja do not wish to be joined in these statistics.”