The Head of Clinical Services, Federal Medical Centre Makurdi, Dr Enye Agada has advised people living in the villages especially women who are always at the receiving end to change their lifestyle to prevent the spread of Corona virus disease.
Dr Agada who gave this advice in Makurdi, the Benue state Capital while interacting with TheSKY Newspaper in her office called for more awareness creation by the government and everybody in the society, noting that it was the responsibility of every individual including the traditional rulers, the clergy, and market women and everybody to save lives.
The Director said, she did not know the level of awareness created at the local level but said the response was poor as many people in the hinterlands believed that Covid-19 was a disease for the rich and could not affect those living in the interior villages. She cautioned that people should accustom themselves to the wearing of facemasks and other safety measures. She said the virus is preventable and will disappear with time if the guidelines were adhered to. She said that the disease kills fast and advised against holding ceremonies for such burials.
Dr Agada said the Benue State Commissioner of Health, Dr Sunday Ongbabo was holding positive meetings and expressed optimism that the pandemic could be curtailed.
The Head of Clinical services disclosed that they were facing a lot of challenges in handling Covid-19 cases even as she thanked God that none of their staff treating the patients since March, 2020 had contracted the virus.
Some of the challenges Dr Agada made known to TheSKY was the aggression exhibited by some patients when they are quarantined for a long time. According to her, even the medical personnel handling those patients have to stay indoors for 14 days before they come out when they have not shown the symptoms of infection. Another challenge she pointed out was the difficulty in getting the drugs and shortage of funds which made it difficult to provide commensurate incentives for the staff working there.
Dr Agada called on the women in particular who are always at the receiving end to strictly observe the Covid-19 protocol laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control to curb the pandemic.