The lack of enough testing for COVID-19 is putting the doctors and other health workers in Kogi state at great risk, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Kogi State has lamented.
Dr Kabir Zubair, Chairman of the Association said such challenge affects other clinical issues while responding to inquiries on the report of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that only one sample had been sent in for test by the state which returned negative.
Zubair said this move had trigger agitation from members of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), who are among the first to attend to suspected cases, a number of which have been received at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja in recent times.
“Although, no confirm case have been reported in Kogi State till date, but a number of suspected cases have been attended to at FMC Lokoja and members of ARD are among the first to attend to these patients and as such they might be exposed to the highly contagious COVID-19,” he noted.
He said ARD are among the most exposed healthcare workers to patients with suspected COVID-19 in the hospital settings.
He explained that FMC Lokoja is the only functional tertiary health institutions in the State and attends to a wide range of patients, adding that the ever present danger of being exposed to patients with COVID-19 is a major source of worry.
“As a clinician, standard practice demands that the moment you have clinical suspicion of an infectious diseases, the ideal thing is to carryout laboratory confirmation.
“In Nigeria, new cases are reported daily and community spread is accelerating.
“This is the reason why members of ARD are agitated as testing for COVID-19 has remained a challenge in the state,” he contended.