Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has joined his Health Ministry counterpart, Dr. Osagie Ehanire to stop increasing cases of patients being turned away at the public hospitals over the fear of coronavirus that is ravaging the world.
A statement from the FCT minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said that Muhammad Musa Bello decried the trend whereby the entire system is skewed and geared towards fighting only one, out of hundreds of ailments, adding that it is a cause for great concern.
The minister was quoted as saying: “sad stories of people being turned away from hospitals with non-Covid related ailments or even denied life-saving first aid treatments for fear of contraction of the virus have come to the fore.
“The increasing number of cases due to community transmission has thrown up the necessity of all our hospitals to become directly involved in this fight, especially with the collection of samples.”
He gave assurance that the partnership between the FCTA and the Federal Ministry of Health will continue, especially in the use of the facilities and expertise of both organizations for the improvement of health services in the FCT.
The minister commended health workers for their efforts in the fight against the pandemic, even as he expressed the commitment of the FCT Administration towards sustained partnerships to step up public awareness, which is key to putting a lid on its spread.
This was even as the minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, advised management of public hospitals not to give room for other life threatening illnesses to thrive and increase mortality.
This, he said, would bring about a serious setback if medical services, including emergency services, begin to deteriorate in the wake of coronavirus, adding that neglect of any sick person is unethical and not acceptable.
He assured that adequate steps are being taken to ensure that patients are not turned away from hospitals to die needlessly,