By; BUHARI B BELLO Jos
Midwives in Plateau on Saturday threatened to withdraw their services unless the state government provides them with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to curb the spread of CoronaVirus pandemic.
The health personnel under the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Plateau Council, made the threat known at a news briefing in Jos.
The Chairman of the council, Mrs Briskila Dabit, said, “Everyone knows about the danger of COVID-19 and it will be unfair on the side of government to expose our members to the virus without personal protection equipment.
“We have decided to down tools in all health centres, including Hospitals and Isolation Centres if the state government will not provide our members with the desired protection equipment.
“It is no longer news the havoc the ravaging virus is causing to doctors, nurses and midwives across the globe; we need protection if we must serve our fellow citizens as patriots.
“As an association, we are of the shortage of PPE in our Hospitals and Isolation Centres, Consequently, we have directed our members not to attend to any patient with a suspected case of corona virus without PPE, “ Dabit declared.
She complained over the government’s exclusion of its members in the Task Force it recently set up to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
She called on the state government to release the employment letters of successful candidates of nurses and midwives to help bridge the gab of health personnel in hospitals and isolation centres.
She also called for the implementation of isolation and barrier Nursing techniques appropriately as well as control Ward traffic by limiting the number of visitors to hospitals.
She urged the state government to “use this opportunity to develop the health sector, which needs serious intervention.”
Contacted, Mr Simon Makut, Director of Press Affairs to Governor Simon Lalong described the nurses threat as unfortunate as “they are acting out ignorance.
“Regarding personal protective equipment, the Government has already purchased about 400 pieces and is also in the process of producing more locally here in Plateau State.
“The distribution to various hospitals and isolation centres will soon commence,”