Second Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic More Deadly — NMA
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has described the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic as being more deadly than the first, going by the increasing number of new infections and deaths in recent times.
It further lamented the non-adherence of Nigerians to the non-pharmaceutical measures of hand washing, sanitizing, proper use of face masks, and practicing social distancing by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), noting that more sensitization is needed as many do not know that the virus is still very active in communities.
Similarly, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), disclosed that people have thrown caution to the wind with respect to observing safety measures, especially as it relates to mass gatherings and practicing social distancing.
Speaking with The Nation, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Innocent Ujah, said: “I must say that this second wave appears to be more deadly than the first. We require a lot of caution, preparation and commitment. For the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), at our NEC meeting, we deliberated and decided that not only should we be involved in case management, we should also be involved in sensitization and advocacy.
“That is, sensitization to the public and advocacy to the government and stakeholders so that they can support the government. We should improve our testing and comply strictly with the NCDC protocol. There is no replacement for it at the moment and it is good to prevent because it has no cure. Therefore, it is better to prevent that subjecting people to Case Management that may not be successful.
“As far as the doctors are concerned, we are committed to working with the government so that we can get things sorted out, that is, we should commit ourselves to Case Management. We lost some of our members to this pandemic and it is part of the risk of our profession.
“This disease is killing a lot of people. So, there is an urgent need to sensitize the public. If we are able to do this, I believe we will reduce the fatalities to the barest minimum, but the government should do more testing, and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) should please come to the aid of Nigerians by sensitizing the public in various languages not just in English.”