Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
Team lead at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada treatment centre, Dr. Yunusa Thairu, has raised the alarm that 22 coronavirus patients out of 86 on admission at various treatment centres in the Federal Capital Territory were in critical conditions.
Thairu, who called on government to assist health workers, said the 22 critically ill patients were on oxygen.
Recall that the Federal Government last week said the country had entered the second wave of coronavirus and strongly advised Nigerians to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.
Thairu urged the government to provide more oxygen as well as boost the morale of the frontline workers.
Speaking on Sunday during a tour of the COVID-19 treatment centre at the UATH by the Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration, Adesola Olusade, Thairu said, “We have severe and critical cases coming in and the need for oxygenation cannot be overemphasized. As of today, 22 of the patients are on oxygen.”
All health workers have not been paid allowances since September — Medical superintendent
The Medical Superintendent at the Thisday Dome Centre, Dr Molokwu Victor, said all categories of frontline workers had not been paid their allowances since September 2020.
He stated, “All the categories of staff are being owed their allowances, but the secretary for health has promised that we should expect something soon; that the FCT Administration is working on the allowances.”
The permanent secretary explained that the tour of the centres was necessary to ensure that they were adequately functional because of the resurgence of the pandemic in the nation’s capital.
According to him, while non-critical cases are being managed at home, 86 patients are receiving treatment at both the UATH and the Thisday Dome Centre.
Olusade assured that the administration was paying attention to the complaints of non-payment of allowances by the health workers at Thisday Dome, noting that the centre was just recently transferred to the FCTA by the Federal Ministry of Health.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, FCT chapter and Senior Pastor, ECWA Good News, Maitama, Rev Samson Jonah, has tasked government officials on the need to adhere to all safety protocols even as they enforced regulations.
Speaking during the visit of the FCT task force on COVID-19 restrictions, the cleric said, “We are saying that as we continue to comply, let us also see the government functionaries doing the same thing because leadership should be by example.”
The head of the task force, Ikharo Attah, expressed satisfaction with the compliance level at the church and others visited by his team, adding that the unit would also visit the mosques on Friday, to ensure compliance with the regulations.
On his part, a businessman, Mr John Ogunlela, warned Nigerians not to joke with the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the country was battling second wave already.
In an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, Ogunlela said it was unfortunate that many Nigerians thought they were immune to the virus.
He said, “We should not have this illusion that there is something special about Nigeria that made it impossible for COVID-19 to attack us. All the while, the casualty figures had been minimal and it had made us to think that something is special about us. Some said God is specially protecting Nigeria and that kind of notion is very dangerous.”
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