AHAPN SPEAKS ON PHASE OFF OF COVID-19 LOCK DOWN IMPLICATION,CALLS FOR UP SCALING IN COMMUNITY TESTING…

03/04/20

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THE LOCK DOWN IMPOSED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ABUJA, LAGOS AND OGUN STATES TO CURTAIL THE SPREAD OF THE DREADED CORONA VIRUS IN NIGERIA FOR MANY, REMAINS ONE OF THE PROACTIVE MEASURES EVER TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT.

LITTLE WONDER THAT SOME OTHER STATES ALSO JOINED IN THE INITIATIVE TO DECREASE THE NUMBER OF CASES RECORDED DURING THE LOCK DOWN PERIOD.

NOW THAT THE LOCK DOWN HAS BEEN PHASED OFF,THE ASSOCIATION OF HOSPITAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACISTS OF NIGERIA (AHAPN) HAS JOINED THEIR VOICE TO NUMEROUS NIGERIANS CALLING FOR STRICT ADHERENCE TO GOVERNMENTS’ GUIDE LINES SPECIFIED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO AVOID WIDER SPREAD OF THE VIRUS.

IN A PRESS RELEASE BY THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION DOCTOR KINGSLEY CHIEDU AMIBOR,HE NOTED THAT DESPITE THE ENFORCEMENT OF NOSE MASKS USE IN PUBLIC PLACES, REGULAR USE OF HAND SANITIZERS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCE SHOULD BE OBSERVED CONTINUOUSLY AS MEANS OF PROTECTION TO SLOW DOWN COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS.

AMIBOR WHO COMMENDED NCDC, THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS’ EFFORTS IN THE BATTLE TO COMBAT CORONA VIRUS SAID THOUGH THE CONVENTIONAL METHODS OF TESTING WAS GOOD,ALSO NOTED THAT MASS TESTING USING RAPID DIAGNOSTICS KITS HAS BECOME INEVITABLE TO SCALE UP COMMUNITY TESTING OF THE POPULATION WITH A VIEW TO ASCERTAINING THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF CARRIERS OF THE VIRUS AND ISOLATE THEM BEFORE MORE DAMAGE IS DONE TO THE POPULATION WITH THE ONSET OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION.

THE ASSOCIATION ALSO WANTS THE NIGERIA GOVERNMENT TO BORROW A LEAF FROM AMERICA WHERE THE GOVERNMENT RECENTLY GAVE APPROVAL FOR COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS TO SERVE AS TESTING CENTERS FOR THE POPULACE TO GET SCREENED FOR THE DISEASE.

ALSO COMMENDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR ROLLING OUT INCENTIVES FOR HEALTH WORKERS SUCH AS INCREASE OF HAZARD ALLOWANCE AND PROVISION OF INSURANCE COVER, HE SAID THE INCREASED EXPOSURE OF OVER ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN HEALTH WORKERS TO THE DISEASE DUE TO INADEQUATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT WAS UNACCEPTABLE .

THE ASSOCIATION AS A MATTER OF URGENCY URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO APPROVE IMPORTATION OF ACTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL INGREDIENTS NECESSARY FOR THE MANUFACTURING OF HAND SANITIZERS AND SUBSIDISED COST OF IMPORTATION OF NOSE MASKS,AS WELL AS ENCOURAGE LOCAL PRODUCTION OF APPROPRIATE NOSE MASKS.

THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION OF HOSPITAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACISTS OF NIGERIA KINGSLEY AMIBOR ALSO SOUNDED A NOTE OF WARNING TO HEALTH WORKERS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE TO MAINTAIN A HIGH INDEX OF SUSPICION IN DEALING WITH PATIENTS THAT PATRONIZE THEIR SERVICES.

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