Buhari shocked as NMA confirms 20 doctors died of COVID-19 in one week
President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the sacrifices of 20 doctors reportedly killed by COVID-19 in the country, saying the welfare of frontline medical workers is a priority of his government.
”For those of us in the health sector, we have lost quite a number of colleagues. Across the country, we have lost not less than 20 doctors in the last one week,” Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) FCT chapter, Enema Amodu, said at a news conference.
A presidential statement said the president had sent his condolences to the Nigerian Medical Association over the death of the doctors due to the pandemic.
Reacting to the sacrifices made by the frontline medical workers in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, the president said:
“The death of our front line health workers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly sad because these professionals risk their own lives in order to save others.
”Our health workers are making maximum sacrifices for the country in line with their humanitarian calling, and this administration will leave no stone unturned in order to ensure their needs are met.”
He further noted that “our health workers are operating under severe limitations, but they are undeterred in discharging their duties in saving lives.
“Let me say without any fear of contradiction that no reward is too much for the sacrifices of our health workers in the country, and this administration will give their welfare the priority it deserves.”