The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), has decried the deadly COVID-19 second wave, saying that almost all doctors at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan are infected with the virus.
NARD Vice President, Adejo Arome, disclosed this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television.
“It is so disheartening that the number of health workers being infected with COVID-19 is increasing daily and it seems nothing is being done to reduce this number,” he said.
“Apart from that, almost all the doctors in the University College Hospital (UCH), Paediatric Department are affected. It is like that every day.”
He said the situation has dampened the morale of medical practitioners in the country, noting that most doctors in clinical practice risked being hit with COVID-19.
While calling on the relevant authorities to provide medical workers with Personal Protective Equipment, Aromo noted that most patients expose doctors to the virus by not being truthful about their history.
“Patients don’t come out truthfully to tell us their symptoms. Almost everybody now knows what the symptoms of COVID-19 are.
“They will go to one hospital, the doctors will tell them that this is what is suspected, they will run away and go to another one,” he added.
The NARD chief called on the Federal Government to initiate policies that will ensure that patients who lie to doctors were being prosecuted.