Health workers disagree over govs’ takeover of coronavirus battle

The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria have disagreed with the  Nigerian Medical Association over the handover of the battle against COVID-19 to  state governments.

The NMA President, Prof Innocent Ujah, in an interview with journalists  in Jos on Wednesday,  said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), should not hand over the national response to COVID-19 to state governments.

But the NANNM and the PSN, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, expressed support for the takeover of the national COVID-19 response by states.

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The Secretary to the  Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had on Sunday  said one of the recommendations submitted to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.),  was that states should manage the pandemic with coordination by the Federal Government.

But the new President of the NMA, Prof Innocent Ujah,  while speaking with journalists in Jos on Wednesday,  said allowing states to manage the disease would be counterproductive.

Ujah, at a reception organised for him by members of the NMA in Plateau State, said,  “Apart from Lagos and maybe one or two other states, the commitment by states is   very disappointing.”

However, the NANNM and the PSN, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, argued that the states needed to take responsibility for the COVID-19 battle.

The NANNM President, Abdulrafiu Adeniji, stated that everything about COVID-19 was a collective responsibility and everybody had to play their role.

In the same vein, the General Secretary of the PSN, Emeka Duru, stated that some states were more responsible than others. Punch

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