By Chuks Ekpeneru
COVID-19 killed 20 doctors in one week, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has lamented, and thus called for enhanced hazard allowance for Doctors in the face of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
The call was made by the Chairman, FCT Chapter of NMA, Dr. Enema Amodu while briefing newsmen.
He lamented that doctors are still paid N5000 hazard allowance monthly.
He called for an appropriate legislation to review hazard allowance as many doctors are suffering and dying.
He said, “We hope that the government will start the new year with a review of hazard allowance.
“We as personnel trained to handle emergency conditions are ready for anything that comes; we need things to work with. We need Intensive Care Units, drugs, facemasks, hand sanitizers and others.
“Let there be an appreciation and motivation through enhancing the hazard allowance.”
He also said that COVID-19 killed 20 doctors in one week across the country.
He said: “In the last one week alone, we have lost professors, consultants, residents both senior and junior, and other senior medical doctors.
“This shows that this virus is still much with us.”
He traced the resurgence of the disease to return to old way of doing things thinking the virus had gone.
He said “wear your mask and tell us the truth about your past medical conditions. Don’t hold any information back, and follow the laid down rules.”