The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Assembly of Health Care Professional courier Association (AHPA) and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) have payed a solidarity visit to Kano state in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The health professional associations then called on the state government to redouble its efforts in the fight against COVID- 19 in the state.
National President of the NMA, Dr Francis Faduyile made the call when he led the team of the associations to a solidarity visit to Kano on Wednesday.
He said, though the state’s response to coronavirus is commendable despite the fact that it started from a low level, it is not up to the desired level.
Mr Faduyile therefore expressed hope that the government would continue to do the needful to stamp out the killer-disease in the state.
“We have seen improvement in terms in response to fight coronavirus in Kano. We have see an improvement on what we have thought was a bad situation. The truth about it is that it started from a low level.
” There is a lot of improvement, however, not to our desired level. But, we are happy that the government is putting more effort to do the needful,” he said
The president however said they were in Kano to show solidarity amd concern to their members, the government and the people of the state, especially as it is the second worst-hit state in the country.
“We are in Kano to solidarite with our members in Kano state, to show concern to the people of Kano, especially that COVID-19 has come powerful in the state. We need to show them that we are with them and boost the morale of our staff that were stretch beyond limit,” he said.
He also saluted the commitment and selfless services of medical and health workers in the frontline of fighting the pandemic in the state, cautioning them to be extra careful in the course of their duty.
Mr Faduyile also appealed to the state government to provide more Personal Protection Equipment, PPE for the safety of the frontline health workers.
Earlier the team lead, Ministerial Task Team on COVID-19 in Kano, Dr sani Gwarzo said alot had been achieved in the fight against the pandemic in Kano.
He said since the arrival of his team to the state they had been collaborating with the state Committee on COVID-19, headed by the state Deputy governor, saying a lot of progress had been achieved.
He disclosed that, the state has over 80 rapid response vehicles, aimed at reaching out to patients as at when due and other logistics operations.