… As union donates PPEs to members on frontline duties
No fewer than 400 health workers have tested positive for the Coronavirus, the national chairman of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), Joy Josiah Biobelemoye, has said.
Biobelemoye, made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja during the flag off ceremony for the distribution of Personal Protective Equipments PPEs to State councils of JOHESU.
He however assured that despite the spike in infections, health workers would not relent in protecting the citizens.
He noted that the situation on ground called for drastic solutions, hence the decision of the union to take it upon itself to distribute PPEs to her members.
“Since the outbreak of Covid 19 over 400 members of JOHESU have been infected by coronavirus, we also need to support our own members who are working and sacrificing their lives for the generality of Nigerians, “Biobelemoye stated.
Among PPEs to be distributed across 38 state councils of the union includes, 50,000 pieces of face masks, 15,200 pieces of sanitizers, 2000 pieces of disinfectants and 1,200 pieces of hand wash.
Meanwhile, Aliyu Mohammed, Director Human Resources who represented Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi, said the challenges that Covid-19 has thrown up in the health sector was becoming overwhelming, hence the Federal Government was appreciative of any donations made by public spirited Nigerians towards curbing the pandemic.
He noted that for some unusual reasons Nigeria has been able brace up to the challenges better than other advanced countries with technological ingenuity.
“The emergence of Covid-19 has changed the way we live our lives and the health system in general, such that even the developed countries have been overwhelmed, talk less of Nigeria.
“The virus has affected the economy drastically, hence government cannot meet all the challenges that has been thrown up, that is why we welcome such donations by the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria.
“We have many frontline health workers taking up these challenges on behalf of other Nigerians and the federal government is always appreciate of these efforts, so we crave your understanding and more support to improve on our health care delivery in the country, “he stated.
Earlier, General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Emmanuel Ugboaja said health workers deserved commendation for being the first set of people to raise awareness on Covid-19 and its preventive measures.
He said when many Nigerians saw health workers putting on face mask, they became aware of the seriousness of the virus and the need to stay safe.
“Medical and Health Workers Union were the first set of people that produced face masks and other PPEs and started distributing to Nigerians,” he stated.