By Kess Ewubare –
Doctors in Lagos state are said to be overwhelmed by the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the state – Dr Aronyewahab Ayofe, a doctor who works with the Lagos state health service commission made the disclosure.
– The doctor said medical officials in Lagos state lack adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other essential facilities kLagos doctors are said to be overwhelmed by the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in the state. Dr Aronyewahab Ayofe, a doctor who works with the Lagos state health service commission made the disclosure in an interview with Legit.ng. Ayofe, who works at the Ifako Ijaiye general hospital, said the doctors in the state are sometimes overworked.
He disclosed that medical personnel lack adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other essential facilities. Official reveals what happened to 20 out of 37 health workers that tested positive for COVID-19 in the state Ayofe also disclosed that resident doctors recently went on strike because of the failure of the government to pay hazard allowance.
He said resident doctors working in isolation centres want 50% of the basic allowance to be their hazard allowance, while those not working in isolation centres want 40% of their basic allowance to be their hazard allowance. He stated that the Lagos state government currently pays five thousand as hazard allowance.
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According to Ayofe, striking medical personnel also want life insurance. The medical officer complained that the COVID-19 testing seemed to have been politicised as people who do not need to be tested were undergoing tests while doctors on the front lines find it difficult to be tested. He said many health workers are dying of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Nigerian scientists under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group have discovered COVID-19 vaccine. Borno state governor suspends all hospital staff, gives reason The scientists made the disclosure on Friday, June 19, saying the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans but would also work for other continents when unveiled, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the leader of the team, Dr Oladipo Kolawole, said it would take a minimum of 18 months for the vaccine to be unveiled to the public. The scientists, under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group, N7.8 million was spent on study that led to the discovery of the vaccine.
Kolawole said the study, which led to the medical breakthrough, had enjoyed initial funding by the Trinity Immunodeficient Laboratory and Helix Biogen Consult, Ogbomosho, to the tune of about N7.8 million.