The Nasarawa State Health Professionals Association has alleged that a total of 26 health workers, including six medical doctors, have died of COVID-19 in the state.
The coalition spokesman and Chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Peter Bulus, speaking to reporters on Sunday in Lafia while declaring a seven-day total warning strike, stated that the state government has neglected the health sector, which allegedly led to the death of 26 health workers due to COVID-19.
Bulus stated that the death of the health workers was as a result of inadequate provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health personnel across the state and local governments’ health facilities.
The union demanded for implementation of promotions, payment of annual increment as well as implementation of the minimum wage. As well as the domestication of COVID-19 incentives and decried high levels of taxation on health workers. It also urged the government to grant health workers a rebate on their current taxes.
Recall that the union had issued three warning strike letters to the state government on April 28, May 18 and June 10 to implement the above without any positive response.
Commissioner of Health Ahmed Yahaya, when contacted, stated that the state government has offered to implement 40 per cent of the COVID-19 hazard allowance to health workers.