COVID 19 Pandemic: Doctors Allege Private Hospitals Snub
Private Medical Practitioners in Nigeria have alleged the deliberate relegation of private hospitals and clinics in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic by the Nigeria Government.
President, Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigerian (AGMPN) Amb. Dr Ugwu Iyke Odo stated the view of Private Hospital Doctors in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt.
Dr. Odo regretted that the Nigerian Government have deliberated made private hospitals and clinics in the country redundant and insignificant in the management, treatment and control of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
According to him, the fight against COVID-19 is being fought by a divided house adding that a time of war like it is now, calls for unanimity, integration and team spirit of all stakeholders.
Odo called for the harmonization of the nation’s health system stating that over 70% of Nigerians visit private hospitals and clinics as the private health sector have the expertise, personnel and equipment to handle all manner of diseases Including the Corona virus.
Odo who is the Medical Director of Meridian Hospital in Port Harcourt however commended the efforts of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for being private-sector-friendly, stating that the state Government had given out looms to assist some Private Medical Institution in a bid to reposition the state health sector.
He expressed the hope that the government will couture to extend hands of fellowship to the private medical sector to improve the health standard of the state.
On the difference between the symptoms of Covid 19 and Malaria, Medical Practitioner stated that though the symptoms may seem alike COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that comes with higher temperature unlike malaria patents that may experience high temperature during the evenings.
Odo advice Nigerians to strictly obey protocols issued by the World Health Organization. (WHO) and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to caution the spread of the pandemic.