The Nigerian Medical Association has condemned the governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, for what it called “meddlesome pronouncement” which the governor was accused of doing when he said citizens of the state should use an anti-malarial drug to treat COVID-19.
The association, in a release on Friday titled ‘Advisory against the Spiking Trend in the Curve’ said “The Association bemoans the rather meddlesome pronouncement by some state actors on the management protocols for COVID-19 in the country.”
The release which was signed by the chairman and secretary-general of the association, Dr. Francis A. Faduliye and Dr. Olumuyiwa P. Odusote respectively unequivocally said “we view the directive by the Bauchi State Governor for the use of a specific drug in the treatment of positive cases as improper and unethical.”
They implored “leaders to desist from distracting our time tested doctors and health workers. Instead, they should encourage them through the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), incentives and communication tools to interact with peers within the country and overseas as it is customary in the world of medical science to arrive at the best possible interventions for their patients.”
The doctors association said “With 113 Health Care Workers (HCWs) in Nigeria reportedly infected with COVID-19 in the course of discharging their duties, NMA reminds all doctors and HCWs not to let down their guard in adhering strictly to Infection Prevention and Control protocols.
“The Association re-emphasizes that all HCWs should wear the proper PPE before attending to any patient as every patient is a potential COVID-19 patient.”
The association said it was dismayed to note “the delay in distributing the available PPE to all public and private hospitals to prevent, detect and treat more patients as it ought to, and pray that the burgeoning bureaucracy is not a clog to the wheel of progress in this regard.”