“We don’t have protective equipment” – Nigerian Health workers cry out

 

 

“We don’t have protective equipment” – Nigerian Health workers cry out

Medical practitioners under the aegis of the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), have cried out that they are lacking the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Nurses during training to use Ebola protective gear by World Health Organization, WHO, worker’s, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone’s capital on Thursday stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities will hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

The Chairman of the Bauchi State chapter, Ibrahim Maikudi, told pressmen on Wednesday that nurses needed to protect themselves in the course of their duties, hence the need for PPE.

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PPE include goggles and protective clothing designed to protect the wearer’s body from infection. Maikudi revealed his members could not afford to take risks, considering the novel coronavirus that has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He added that the association had mobilised its members to join efforts targeted toward curbing the spread COVID-19.

“While preparing and mobilising our members to be prepared in case they come in contact with patients, we also advised them to take safety measures while discharging their duties.

“We are calling on Bauchi government to provide PPE in the facilities across the state,” he said.

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