Do More Or Risk Losing Doctors - NARD President Says After They Received N5000 Hazard Allowance

1 month ago by: Olusanya Akinrinola
(m) at 2-04-2020 07:18PM (1 month ago)

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In a startling turn, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has revealed that doctors fighting the coronavirus pandemic receive N5,000 as hazard allowance.

This disclosure was made by Dr Aliyu Sokomba, NARD president while appearing on a ChannelsTV programme.

It also comes as some state chapters of NARD threatened to go on strike in the weeks leading to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigeria is also battling a Lassa Fever epidemic which has claimed about 200 lives in 2020 alone, with six doctors among the deceased.

And Sokomba claims the welfare and wellbeing of doctors and other health workers who are on the frontline against these diseases are insecure.

“At the moment, as health workers continue to play their part in containing the spread of the disease, the health workers are not protected. One of our colleagues died just yesterday from Lassa fever. This is the state of our health care institutions and that is the fate of most health care workers in the country,” he said.

“Dr. Philp Dzuana is the sixth doctor to have died of Lassa fever in the country and very little is being done to getting this kind of situation under control.

“Just yesterday again, one of our doctors in ISTH, Iruaa, had tested positive to the COVID-19 disease. What that means is that these doctors that are testing positive to various diseases are being left alone to take care of themselves.

“There is no form of life insurance for them. There is no form of compensation. To say the least, what these doctors benefit at the end of every month as hazard allowance is N5, 0000. So, we are worried that if victory against COVID-19, Lassa fever outbreak in the country is to be achieved, the welfare and wellbeing of doctors and other health workers who are on the frontline must be secured.”

The NARD President, therefore, called on the government to do more or risk losing more doctors to other countries.

“We have yet to know the plan of the government with regards to measures that have been put in place to secure and protect health care workers in the country. We have not heard of any arrangement to ensure that when these doctors get exposed, they get some kind of compensations. This is what is obtainable in any saner climes,” Sokomba said.



ttuswale (m) at 2-04-2020 07:37PM
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Who cause Nigeria should please reverse the cause 5000 for what.
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ttuswale (m) at 2-04-2020 07:38PM
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Who cause Nigeria should please reverse the cause 5000 for what.
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Henrybobo (m) at 2-04-2020 09:55PM
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very greedy and stingy leaders...
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