By Kemi Olatunde
Health workers have been advised to exemplify high level of professionalism in discharging their duties in order not to be infected with coronavirus.
Ondo State Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Mr. Kehinde Olomiye gave the advice.
It would be recalled that 85 nurses had tested positive to coronavirus in Nigeria. This is generating concern among health workers.
According to him, most of the cases of COVID-19 are initially presented at the primary health care facilities, noting that it is necessary for health workers to always be on the alert when dealing with patients.
While commending the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his investment in the health sector and also for giving priority to the welfare of health workers especially with the recently approved hazard allowance, he maintained that government has been up and doing to ensure that cases in the state become history.
Olomiye who specifically commended the government for the support given to workers at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), he described his members in the hospital as safer saying “they have been tested and they know their status.”
He stated that as at date, no member of the association is infected with the virus attributing it to their preparedness and government assistance.
Noting that the association is trying all within its reach to ensure adequate members’ protection, he explained that incidence of isolation of infection cases arises due to inadequacies of personal protective equipment and breach in protocol in handling infection diseases.
He criticised government for preventing nurses to operate according to their area of specialty but rather force them to practice generally.
He maintained that those category of nurses would have opted for greener pasture outside the country but for the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, he stressed the need for members to eradicate overzealousness in discharging their duties in order to prevent being infected with deadly diseases which may lead to death.