COVID -19: DASH CMD begs resident doctors to shelve proposed strike

 The Management of Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia has appealed to resident doctors in the hospital to shelve their proposed strike in view of the rising cases of COVID-19.

Dr Ikrama Hassan, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital made the call while addressing newsmen on Sunday in Lafia.

Hassan said the proposed strike by the resident doctors would cause more harm than good, especially with the rising infection rate in the communities.

“The management’s experience from the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic response taught us that full scale shut down of the hospital resulted in more avoidable deaths from other treatable emergencies,” he said.

Hassan explained that the various levels of leadership in the hospital are doing their best by extending hands of friendship to the doctors for harmonious relationship.

He said the confrontation between the resident doctors and the hospital’s management over the temporary suspensions of their residency programme should be jettisoned in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19 .

“Patients are the most important persons in the hospital, and the hospital seek to serve them.

“It is for this reason that we refused to oblige the doctors’ earlier demand of shutting down the facility as against management’s advice of scaling down base on peculiarities of each individual department,” he said.

Hassan said that since the second wave of the pandemic, the management had mobilised funds and began implementation of the robust plans to protect the members of staff.

He enumerated some of the activities embarked upon to ensure adequate protection of the members of staff to include retraining of the hospital workforce on COVID-19 and  procurement of adequate personal protective equipment.

Others are procurement of adequate face masks and face shield as well as purchasing of clothe masks for patients and their relations.

The chief medical director also said that a decontamination team was set up for continuous decontamination of the various departments and units in the hospital.

He reassured the general public and the people of Nasarawa state that the hospital remained open and would continue to render services.

“Everything is under control. What we are experiencing is teething problem of a growing institution and it will soon be over,” he said. (NAN)

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