COVID-19: Nurses Protest in Enugu Over Lack of Protective EquipmentAfrican News, Enugu, Featured, Ignatius Okpara, Latest News, News Friday, April 3rd, 2020
From Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
…Not True, We Have Enough Medical Supplies –Management
(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Unhappy with the poor state of facilities and lack of protective equipment for work in this period of the dreaded COVID 19 pandemic, the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) staged a peaceful protest, demanding government urgent intervention.
The protesting nurses were seen chanting antigovernment songs asking governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to provide Personal Protective Equipment, including hand sanitizers, face masks and hand gloves in the hospital to fight the pandemic.
The medical workers, vowed not to continue work until government provided the equipment for them, thereby leaving patients in the hospital at their mercy.
Reacting to the development, the hospital management disclosed that the State Multi-Sectoral Rapid Response Team including the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), WHO, UNICEF and other development partners had provided enough materials for the hospital.
The reaction which was jointly issued via a statement signed by the Chief Medical Director of ESUTH, Professor Hyacinth Onah, Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) and state Chairman NANNM, Comrade Innocent Ezema, dismissed the claims of the protesters.
Others that signed the statement are the Head Nursing Services (HNS) at the hospital, Mrs Fidelia Chinawa and the state Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Ben Asogwa.
The statement alleged that the protesting Nurses were a few who were apprehensive of their frontline status in the management of COVID-19 pandemic, assuring the public that the hospital would continue to render health services at the best of its ability.
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