COVID-19: It's unethical for health workers to abscond from duty at this critical time, says AKTH CMD
Professor Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe

By Bashir Bello and Abdulmumin Murtala

KANO – Chief Medical Director, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, AKTH in Kano State, Professor Abdurrahman Abba Sheshe on Wednesday said it is unethical for health workers to run away and leave their patients at the critical time of the raging coronavirus pandemic.

Prof. Sheshe made this known when he received a delegation of members of the Joint Unions of Health Associations in Nigeria, JOHESU led by its National President, Comrade Biobolomoye Joy Josiah who were on solidarity visit to the hospital management over the incident of some of its staffs being infected by the dreaded disease in the course of their duty.

In a statement by the hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Hauwa Abdullahi said the CMD explained that as it has been the responsibilities of the military to fight and conquered enemies in war front so also it is the responsibilities of the health workers to fight and defeat the pandemic no matter what.

He described as unfortunate and unethical a situation health care personnel run away and leave their Patient at this critical time.

Professor Sheshe, however, commended the health workers of the hospital for their dedication and commitment to the hospital Services and service delivery to the Patients during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

The CMD also used the occasion to thanked ABUMET Nigeria Limited, IHSAN Foundation as well as other individuals and philanthropic Associations who donated Forty-Five (45) beds, two dialysis machines and some consumables like the personal protective equipment to the hospital respectively.

In a related development, the president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Francis Faduyile who was also on solidarity visit to the state, appealed to the concerned authorities to do the needful, aimed at ensuring that the morale of the Health workers in the Frontline were boosted in order to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

He commended the commitment and selfless services of medical and health workers in the Frontline of fighting the COVID-19 pandemics.

Dr. Faduyile said fighting the COVID-19 pandemic was a collective responsibility, hence all efforts needed to be put in place, in ensuring that the states Goals were achieved.

He said the Nigerian Health workers were working assiduously in ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 was properly addressed in the country.

In his words, “We are in Kano on solidarity with our members in Kano state to show concern to the people of kano especially that COVID-19 has come powerful in the state, we need to show them that we are with them and boost the morale of our staff that were stretch beyond limit.

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“We advised health workers to keep safe and ensure that they have their personal protective equipment aimed at ensuring that they are safe,” Dr. Faduyile said.

Earlier, the leader of Ministerial Task Force delegation of Covid-19 in Kano, Dr. Sani Gwarzo said a lot has been achieved in the fight against COVID-19 in Kano.

According to him, since the arrival of his team in Kano, they have been collaborating with the Kano state COVID 19 Committee headed by the state Deputy governor, saying so far over eighty Rapid response team have been formulated aimed at reaching out to patients as at when due.

Dr. Gwarzo commended the health workers in the Frontline for their commitment and dedication, saying federal government approved the payment of allowances, insurance and other needed logistics to frontline health workers.

He, however, urged the teeming masses of the state to always maintained personal and environmental hygiene aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

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