Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has warned of a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, following Nigerians’ flagrant disregard for the federal government’s prevention protocols.

Its President, Professor Innocent Ujah, who gave the warning at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, said the second wave of the pandemic is due to the disregard for non-pharmaceutical prevention protocols.

The association appealed to Nigerians to take the COVID-19 prevention advisories very seriously in order to interrupt transmission and reduce deaths from the dreaded disease.

“Strict adherence to NCDC’s protocol of the use of face mask, regular handwashing, and use of sanitizers, social, as well as physical distancing is strongly advocated. Non-essential travels should not be embarked upon especially during this Yuletide season and beyond,” he said.

The NMA said it is also worried over the brain drain by frontline health workers at this critical time.

The association bemoaned the incessant spate of emigration of highly trained Nigerian doctors and other health care professionals to greener pastures (brain drain) at a time when their services are critically needed in Nigeria, observing that efforts at engaging these nationals have not yielded results.

The NMA lamented the continual practice of medical tourism by privileged Nigerians and urged the federal government to establish the National Health Bank to fast-track infrastructure, procurement of the state-of-the-art equipment that will provide world-class health care for Nigerians, and reverse medical tourism.

 


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