Resident doctors at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso have raised alarm over the inadequate supply of personal protective equipment to health workers in the state by the state government.
In a statement jointly signed by their President and Secretary and made available to Mouthpiece NGR on Wednesday, Dr Abraham Akinbola and Dr Abubakar Usman, the doctors said the state government is yet to insure health workers in the state.
According to the statement, the COVID- 19 pandemic has exposed the state’s low level of preparedness for infectious disease outbreaks.
“There is a gross inadequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment including face masks, sanitisers, disposable gowns, and Hazmat suits in most government hospitals within the state including LTH Ogbomoso. The isolation centre in LAUTECH Teaching Hospital , Ogbomoso has the capacity to admit only three patients.
“There is no comprehensive insurance policy to protect health workers in state health institutions. The coordination of activities by the COVID- 19 team can be improved upon by collaborating with Oyo state NMA , LTH Ogbomoso and other government hospitals outside the state capital for an effective response towards defeating the scourge of COVID- 19 across the state,” the statement read.
The doctors also urged the state government to address the issue pay disparity among health workers in the state.
“The Isolation Centre at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso should be upgraded to accommodate more patients while adequate arrangement is made to improve the manpower of the hospital.
“The Virology Laboratory in the College of Health Sciences LTH Ogbomoso should be upgraded to Biosafety level 3 alongside with appropriate personnel so as to help Oyo state government, NCDC and WHO in the fight against this pandemic.”