The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Saturday, saluted the courage and selfless sacrifices of the 20 doctors killed by COVID-19 across the country.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari described the physicians’ demise as sad.
He also extended his condolences to the Nigerian Medical Association over the death of the doctors.
He said, “The death of our front line health workers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly sad because these professionals risked their own lives in order to save others.
“Our health workers are making maximum sacrifices for the country in line with their humanitarian calling, and this administration will leave no stone unturned in order to ensure that their needs are met.
The president acknowledged that frontline health workers are operating under severe limitations, but have remained undeterred in discharging their duties in saving lives.
“Let me say without any fear of contradiction that no reward is too much for the sacrifices of our health workers in the country, and this administration will give their welfare the priority it deserves,” he assured.
Recall that the NMA chairman, FCT chapter, Enema Amodu, during a press conference in Abuja on Friday, disclosed that about 20 physicians that include consultants, professors and resident doctors have died so far from complications arising from COVID-19 in the last one week.
The NMA chairman revealed that some of the doctors contracted the virus from patients that hide their medical history and travel details, adding that the figures keep increasing by the day.
Amodu appealed to patients to stop hiding their past medical records so as to ensure the safety of health workers in the country.
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