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C'River NMA Loses Member To COVID-19

T he Cross River Branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has announced the loss of its member in Ogoja Local Government Area, Dr Kate Okpa, to COVID-19.

Nine others are seriously sick, the chairman of the association, Dr. Agam Ayuk, disclosed to journalists recently in a telephone conversation.

"Currently, we have nine members who are infected with COVID-19, we lost a member in Ogoja, Rev Sis. Kate Okpa. COVID-19 is not a child's play; it's something that is serious.

"We will not keep quiet and allow things to go the way the state government wants and continue to deceive the people. All we are saying and doing are in the open but as an organization, we can't keep quiet and see evil continue, he said.

Ayuk disclosed that the association's greatest challenge was that the positive cases were under reported even though members of the National Response Team were already on ground to see how they can resolve some of these issues.

While appealing to the state government to listen to them, Ayuk said: "We thank God that NCDC are listening to us, hence the state has two testing centres for COVID-19 and we are happy with the response we have gotten.

He asked the government to let them know what it was doing, revealing that, "Currently, we have patients who are stranded at our isolation centre that has five bed space filled and the state government is not doing anything about expanding the isolating centre.

Disclosing that the isolation centre at Adiabo was still closed and not functional, the NMA chairman asked the state government to do what is right for the benefit of the people.

He said, "That is their responsibility and what we can do as association we will do and help them. Our members are willing to help but we cannot keep quiet and allow people die.

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