Striking doctors offer to treat Ebola patients

Striking doctors offer to treat Ebola patients

Striking doctors in Lagos State have volunteered to join the team of experts managing patients at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

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The chairman, Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Tope Ojo, who said this at a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, added that strike would not stop doctors in the state from attending to persons suspected to have contracted the Ebola virus.

Ojo said about 30 of its members had volunteered to join seven of the Ebola Emergency Response and Management Committee working on the prevention and control of the disease at the IDH centre in Yaba.

He said, “Strike or no strike, we must respond to emergencies. Our doctors are at Mainland Hospital, Yaba, were isolated contacts are being monitored. There are seven committees working on the management of the disease at the centre in Lagos, which our members are part of.

“But the committee, where we are having challenges getting volunteers, is case management. This are the people that work directly with confirmed cases.

“Look at the protective measures that doctors in Liberia and Guinea wear. They are well protected, yet some of them still caught it. Our doctors are worried about the danger it poses to their lives and they need to be reassured.
“We understand their fears and we are making moves to confirm the level of preparedness of the government for doctors.”

He informed that the infected doctor, who is presently on admission at the Mainland Hospital, Yaba, was responding to treatment.

“We know that the infected doctor is stable, however, the matron is in a critical condition. But everybody, including the experts from the World Health Organisation, is doing all they can,” he said.

A member of one of the of the committees, Dr. Babajide Saheed, said the doctors were working closely with the WHO and other stakeholders to contain the risk of the spreading the infection.

Saheed said, “Not all doctors can attend to an Ebola patient. In fact you must limit the number of health workers treating affected persons just to contain the risk.

“We will be escalating the situation if doctors rush to Mainland Hospital just to attend to patients.”

10 Responses to "Striking doctors offer to treat Ebola patients"

  1. Egar Michael   August 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    all dis are de sign of his (God) coming are u ready?

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  2. Ojo Abiola
    Ojo Abiola   August 6, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    O yes, that right this is a Nation established on unity and peace, infact kudos to these doctors, as they join the war against Ebola virus may Almaighty God guide them and protect them from contacting it, Amen.

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  3. Egar Michael   August 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    may God help Nigeria and deliver us from dis deadly disease

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  4. Frank Momoh Eruaga
    Frank Momoh Eruaga   August 6, 2014 at 8:16 am

    they should get real they are jokers, what do they know but strike for jobs they dont know much about and dont honestly provide good medical care for only fever, EBOLA is not child play for starter local DOCTORS but for real expert.

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  5. Edo Hopeful
    Edo Hopeful   August 6, 2014 at 7:03 am

    They need to be careful.

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  6. Helen Jimoh Donald Ughulu   August 6, 2014 at 4:49 am

    NMA, abeg no time 2 waste ooooo!

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  7. Helen Jimoh Donald Ughulu   August 6, 2014 at 4:49 am

    NMA, abeg no time 2 waste ooooo!

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  8. Desmond   August 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I love my country and with response from the doctor on strike, may almighty God grant our doctor strength to help our nation to conquer the Ebola, federal Government give them what they are asking, dummy federal government

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  9. Desmond   August 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I love my country and with response from the doctor on strike, may am light God grant you strength to help our nation to conquer the Ebola, federal Government give them what they are asking, dummy federal government

    Reply
  10. Desmond   August 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I love mu country and with response from the doctor on strike, may am light God grant you strength to help our nation to conquer the Ebola, federal Government give them what they are asking, dummy federal government

    Reply

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