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Lassa Fever: Doctors Call For Declaration Of National Health Emergency

President of National Association of Resident Doctors, Aliyu Sokomba.


The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), on Saturday, requested the federal authorities to declare Lassa fever as a nationwide well being emergency. 

The docs described the present preventive and management measures as “weak”, after the tip of their National Executive Council (NEC) assembly in Abuja.

Reports of Lassa fever instances have elevated over the previous few weeks, leading to quite a few deaths, together with that of a 24-year-old pregnant girl in Enugu state.

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The docs additionally requested the federal government to re-evaluate hazard allowances for well being staff as a result of elevated danger of coping with Lassa fever. 

They additionally decried the non-payment of wage arrears of its members, asking the federal and state governments to pay as much as keep away from industrial strikes. 

“Our next meeting will be in three months and I believe three months is enough period for any meaningful negotiations,” NARD President, Aliyu Sokomba, mentioned.

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