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COVID-19: Lockdown Ogun now, Doctors tell Gov. Abiodun

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Femi Adeleke
Abeokuta
The Ogun state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to lockdown the state for at least two weeks to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
The Association expressed concern over the increasing cases COVID-19 in the country, saying the lockdown had became imperative to allow the government and health officials track down undetected cases of Coronavirus in the state.
The state Chairman of the Association, Dr Ismail Lawal who addressed journalists at the NMA House in Abeokuta, state capital on Thursday, insisted the advantages of the lockdown outweigh the disadvantages.
Lawal disclosed that the number of Coronavirus patients and the contacts so far identified in the state “are  just infraction of cases” lurking around in the state.
His words, “There should be total lock down of the state with enforcement for two weeks. NMA is aware of the enormous economic impact and burden this will have on the citizens. This is also important to reduce further transmission of the virus, effective management of limited resources and quick identification of the infected cases with their contacts.
“The government should work out modalities to work with the Private hospitals as this is usually the first point of call for many people especially the well to do.
“The Government should ensure to carry along all stakeholders in the healthcare system in whatever activities and policy for us to be on the same page,” he said.
Lawal asked the state government to set up the provision of medical equipment like ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in order to combat the spread of the deadly disease.
The NMA Chairman also called on the government to provide necessary protective equipment for the medical workers in order not to endanger their lives.
Lawal called on philanthropists and organisations to lend helping hands to the government to enable it battle the virus to a standstill.
The NMA Chairman disclosed that the Association recently trained 6,000 teachers as part of moves to take COVID-19 campaign to the grassroots.
 
He urged the government not to relent on sensitisation campaign against the spread of the pandemic.
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