NMA Suspends Strike In C'River

The Cross River chap ter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)  has suspended the total and indefinite withdrawal of medical services in all public and private hospitals in the state with effect from  July 7, 2020. This was contained in a communiqua, MACRS/SG/ 2020/07/259,   issued shortly after an emergency meeting  by the association and signed by its chairman and secretary, Dr Agam  Ayuk and Dr Ezoke Epoke, respectively. The association welcomed the official recognition of the five COVID-19 confirmed cases from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) by the NCDC. According to NMA, This has resolved the lingering uncertainties negatively impacting public health and safety and has provided clarity on the COVID 19 status of Cross River and the required response strategy. The association enjoined the Cross River government to keep to the resolutions of the meeting between PTF/FMOH COVID-19 delegation, Nigerian Medical Association - Cross River Branch and the Cross River Ministry of Health, July 7, 2020. The medical doctors appealed to citizens of Cross River  to follow the NCDC guidelines on infection prevention and control, while reinforcing the commitment to work with the Federal and State governments to contain the spread of COVID-19. NMA in the communique, "sincerely thank the chief medical director, Professor  Ikpeme Ikpeme and the management of the UCTH, Calabar and other distinguished medical elders and members of the Cross River branch NMA. They also appreciated the media and citizens of Cross River for their understanding, patienceand support during this challenging period. Equally appreciated were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha and the minister of health, Dr Osagie Enahire, for the timely 17-member delegation from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH). They, according to the communique, were led by the executive director/CEO, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, who set up a COVID-19 response strategy in Cross River that would align with the national response. The director-general, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC),  Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, was also appreciated for the activation of two  COVID-19 Test Centres at the UCTH  and Lawrence Henshaw Memorial Hospital, Calabar.

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