Coronavirus: Nurses, Midwives in Plateau State threaten strike, warns govt

April 4, 2020
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Nurses and Midwives in Plateau State on Saturday threatened to withdraw their services from hospitals in the state despite the continued spread of coronavirus in Nigeria

The health personnel under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Plateau Council, disclosed this known at a news briefing in Jos State.

The Chairman of the council, Mrs Briskila Dabit said the association was considering withdrawing its services over alleged non-provision of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) by the State Government.

“Everyone knows about the danger of COVID-19 and it will be unfair on the side of the government to expose our members to the virus without personal protection equipment.

“We have decided to down tools in all health centres, including hospitals and isolation centres if the state government will not provide our members with the desired protective equipment.

“It is no longer news the havoc the ravaging virus is causing to doctors, nurses and midwives across the globe; we need protection if we must serve our fellow citizens as patriots.

“As an association, we are of the shortage of PPE in our hospitals and Isolation Centres; consequently, we have directed our members not to attend to any patient with a suspected case of coronavirus without PPE,” she stated.

Declaring ‘No PPE, Don’t Risk Yourself,“ the Chairman frowned at the government’s exclusion of the association’s members in the Task Force it recently set up to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

She further called for the implementation of isolation and barrier Nursing techniques appropriately as well as control Ward traffic by limiting the number of visitors to hospitals.
“Lastly, I urge all nurses in the state to take extreme care and sacrifice more during this period by adhering to all precautionary measures recommended by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and WHO to prevent transmission of the virus and stay safe,” Dabit admonished.

However, the Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Mr Dan Manjang when contacted, said the state government was mindful of the danger of the virus to health personnel and had made adequate arrangements to provide protective gear for health workers.

”We know the danger this virus could pose to our health officials and we have taken steps toward their training and protection.

“As for the need for employing more hands in our hospitals and isolation centres, we are looking into that in consideration to the funds available to the government, ”Manjang added

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