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Doctors lament lack of facilities to tackle new virus

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Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Kaduna State chapter, has lamented the lack of medical facilities and manpower to treat COVID-19 patients in the country.

Kaduna did not record any case of Coronavirus until Saturday evening when the governor, Nasir el-Rufai, stated that his COVID-19 test result was positive and decided to self-isolate.

However, medical personnel in Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika in Zaria; state-owned Barau Dikko Hospital and other health centres also lamented the poor state of equipment to handle COVID-19 cases should there be an outbreak in the state.

The chairman of NARD, ABUTH chapter, Dr. Bilqis Muhammad, said the hospital management, in collaboration with the Epidemic Response Team and Infection Prevention Control Team, had in the past weeks organised sensitisation on the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Meanwhile, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna has sympathised with Governor el-Rufai, over his Coronavirus (COVID-19) status, praying for his quick recovery.

The chairman, Felix Hyat, stated at the weekend, “We wish to sympathise with the Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai over his unfortunate COVID-19 test result, which turned out positive. We feel your pain and wish you quick recovery.”

Hyat, who praised the governor’s courage in disclosing his COVID-19 status, expressed hope that he would be fine soon.

“This singular gesture (disclosure) is laudable and will encourage other victims to make themselves available for tests and quarantine.

“We want to also use this opportunity to encourage Kaduna residents to stay indoors and abide by the rules set out by the state government, especially the curfew imposed and personal hygiene, to make us safe until further instructions.

“The party equally sympathises with other victims of the virus and their families and also wish them quick recovery. We pray God will see us through this trying times.”

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