Resident doctors seek extra protection, adequate insurance cover
Officials of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) have urged the management of General Hospitals and other government health facilities across the country to ensure that resident doctors are adequately insured and protected as they attend to coronavirus patients in the country.
In an official memo by the national body of the association tagged “Escalating Trend of Viral Diseases Outbreak In Nigeria”, which it addressed to its National Officers Committee and all Centre Presidents and General Secretaries, it urged them to engage the management of all government hospitals on the danger associated with their work in view of the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The memo was signed by the NARD President, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, and General Secretary, Dr. Bilqis Mohammed. It asked the hospitals’ managements to immediately ensure the protection of doctors, patients and other health workers against COVID-19.
Sokomba directed the officials of NARD in government hospitals to ensure that a “response team is constituted by the hospital management and make arrangement for additional life insurance cover for staff especially the response team members and other volunteers”.
To curtail the spread of coronavirus in various hospitals and the impact it may have on health workers, NARD said “all patients receiving care in the hospital should not have more than one care giver while patient relative visitation should be extremely restricted.”
“All patients on admission should be expeditiously managed and discharged as soon as possible. Admit only severely ill patients while making reserve 50-100 bedded ward in case of spill over from treatment centres,” NARD added.
Other measures listed by the association to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in government health facilities include making available a dedicated ambulance for the referral of possible case to the treatment centre.
“All routine outpatient clinics, elective procedures as well as academic activities should be suspended or significantly scaled down. “All hospital staff at risk of COVOD-19 infection should be provided with the N95 mask. Hand sanitisers, globes and disposable face mask should be made available everywhere in the hospitals. Install and activate the intercom in the hospital where it is not functional for ease of communication.
“Securities at the entrance of the hospital should have the infra-red thermometer on everyone entering the hospital. They should also administer hand sanitisers to everyone and ensure materials, resources equipment and gadgets are checked, rechecked and kept functional. Where isolation ward, ventilators, monitors and other necessary gadgets are unavailable, this should be communicated to the supervising ministry of health.”