President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of 20 Nigerian doctors who reportedly died of COVID-19 within one week.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Abuja chapter, Enema Amodu, had at a press conference on Friday discloser the deaths of the medical practitioners.
He said the deceased health workers included consultants, professors and some resident doctors, while adding that the figures keep increasing daily.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who conveyed Buhari’s feelings over the deaths in a statement quoted the President as saying that health workers’ welfare is a priority for his administration.
He said the President has sent condolence message to NMA over the death of the doctors due to the pandemic.
According to him, Buhari admitted that the nation’s health workers are operating under “severe limitations” but they are not deterred in discharging their duties in saving lives, adding that- “The death of our frontline health workers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly sad because these professionals risk their own lives in order to save others.
“Our health workers are making maximum sacrifices for the country in line with their humanitarian calling, and this administration will leave no stone unturned in order to ensure their needs are met.
“Our health workers are operating under severe limitations, but they are undeterred in discharging their duties in saving lives.
“Let me say without any fear of contradiction that no reward is too much for the sacrifices of our health workers in the country, and this administration will give their welfare the priority it deserves,” he stated.