The health team of Nasarawa State has been afflicted with the coronavirus pandemic that a whopping sixty-five of the health force is down with the virus.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in the State himself, Dr, Bulus Peter, has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dr. Bulus in explaining how he got infected said he developed some symptoms of the disease as a result of his fieldwork activities of attending to COVID-19 patients at the isolation centre in Lafia, the state capital.
The NMA chairman, however, noted that he was already receiving treatment at an isolated part of his home and was responding to treatment.
“It is confirmed by the result from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that I have contracted COVID-19, but I am now responding to treatment,” he stated.
Dr Bulus added, “As at July 3, the total number of healthcare workers who tested positive for COVID-19 in Nasarawa is 65 – public health facilities workers 51 and private health workers 14.
He gave a breakdown by local government areas: “The local government distribution of healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 is Karu – 12, Keffi – 21, Nasarawa Eggon – seven, Lafia – 25. One person has died.”
Meanwhile, there is a dispute between the coalition of Nasarawa State Health Professional Associations who went on an indefinite industrial action on the June 18 after an initial seven days warning strike, due to the several demands they have made.
These included the non-implementation of promotion and annual increment for over 10 years, non-implementation of the New Minimum Wage Bill Act, non-implementation of the COVID-19 MoU on hazard allowance and life insurance for all health workers in the state, among other demands.
The Health workers also demanded the payment of their entitlements, adding that the government has yet to give a definite timeframe or make any commitment to their demands.
Efforts to get the state Commissioner for health to speak on the situation proved abortive but it was gathered that the State House of Assembly who some of its members are currently at Lafia Isolation Center have indicated interest to intervene in the matter.