By Chioma Obinna
Members of the Medical Guild, an umbrella body of medical doctors under the employment of Lagos State Government yesterday urged the state government to immediately provide all facilities needed in the containment of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in all the health facilities across the state.
Making the call yesterday at a press conference in Lagos, the Chairman of the Medical Guild, Dr. Biyi Kufo posited that facilities should not be limited to the Infectious Disease Hospital alone as Ebola can find its way to any hospital.
He stated that adequate facilities will help to protect workers from contracting the disease.
“We are not sure there is adequate Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, on ground. It is the foot soldiers on the field who feel the presence of battle. We work in these facilities and we are aware of the situation on the ground,” he said.
He explained that to tackle Ebola seriously, all hospitals must be well equipped as no one knows when a possible carrier may present at any of the hospitals.
According to him, global practices demand that in combating such epidemic like Ebola, certain protocols must be in place in all health facilities in order to protect workers from contracting the deadly disease.
“Doctors and health workers, aside immediate family members are the group at the greatest risk of contracting this disease which has high fatal consequences.
He appealed to the government to ensure all measures are put in place to protect doctors and other health workers, saying this will reduce obvious anxiety in the sector. Then doctors can treat patients without fear, he added.
The outbreak, he said, will test the level of preparedness of any country to respond to an emergency, especial its public health.
He further dispelled rumours that government has opened Ebola Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital LASUTH.
Kufo also said their members have been sensitised on the presentation and diagnosis of the disease and precautions all health workers must take at this time before seeing any patient, especially patients with fever.
He further urged Nigerians to maintain high level of personal hygiene.