No fewer than 400 health workers in the front line of COVID-19 fight have been infected by the novel corona virus disease, the Medical and Health Workers Union(MHWUN) has said.
The National president of MHWUN, Joy Josiah Biobelemoye, who made this disclosure during the flag of the distribution of Personal Protective Equipments(PPEs) to State councils of health workers in Abuja, on Thursday, July 9, reiterated health workers commitment to protect the citizens, despite rise in CoVID-19 infection rate.
According to him, the situation on ground called for drastic movement, therefore, the union took the burden on itself to share PPEs to her members.
“What prompted us into taking the decision after joining others is to see how we can protect the citizens in our little way.
“This time we have decided to provide PPEs for our members because we have realised that between the time the country had its first index case and now, as on Tuesday, we have had over 400 of our members that have been infected and still counting.
“So by the time the figure rose to over 150, we decided that we also need to support our members while carrying out their duties so we came up with the plan of supplying 50, 000 pieces of face masks for distribution to the 38 chapters of our union across the country,” he said.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabb, had earlier lauded the union for being the first to share awareness on COVID-19 and it precautionary measures.
Speaking on behalf of the president,Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary, wabb said, Nigerians became conscious of the seriousness of the novel corona virus disease, ravaging the country whenever they see health workers wear their face masks.
“Medical and Health Workers Union were the first set of people that produced face masks and other PPEs and started distributing to Nigerians.”