Members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Cross River State have withdrawn their services from government health facilities across the state over a lack of response to rising cases of COVID-19 in the state.
According to the state chairman of the professional association, Agam Ayuk who wrote to the Minister of Health, Osagie Enahire, the lives of doctors are at risk in the state.
Governors Ben Ayade and Yahaya Bello of Cross River and Kogi have repeatedly denied the existence of COVID-19 in their states and frustrated efforts by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) from carrying out testing.
A couple of high profile casualties in Kogi State however turned the situation around while five random tests carried out in Cross River returned as positive for COVID-19.
In the aftermath of the positive cases in Cross River, the NMA wondered why the new cases were not published in the daily report on COVID-19 carried out by the NCDC.
“The Association demands explanation from NCDC, why the five (5) COVID-19 confirmed cases from UCTH carried out at the NCDC accredited Molecular Laboratory at Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, have not reflected in the daily situation report of NCDC long after results had been transmitted to UCTH since July 1, 2020. Congress demands update of the NCDC situation report as a matter of urgent public health interest,” the letter read.
The medical association thereafter passed a vote of no confidence on the state commissioner for health, Betta Adu for mishandling the health crisis in the state.