Management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH has approved life insurance for each staff working as warriors in the drive to rid Nigeria of COVID-19.
The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Prof Chris Bode while addressing health workers at the institution acknowledged the difficulties involved in managing the condition, adding that; “We intend to record next to zero rates of patient-to-staff infection by adopting internationally recommended best practices.
Further, he disclosed that working closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH, the hospital has also acquired enough materials to work with.
We have scaled down the admission of routine cases while all in-patients are being transferred to Block E for ease of care.” To ensure proper protection of staff, Bode said frontline officers must wear N95 masks and stay at least six feet away while triaging any patient and will call in the Infectious Diseases Unit to see any suspected case. “We shall do this with the love of each other and care for our patients. We shall give respect and dignity to each other as COVID-19 Warriors and patients to whom we represent the only hope in these difficult days.
Non-resident staff working on this will be housed within or near LUTH. Further, Bode noted that it was only human for people to be afraid but encouraged health workers of the institution not to resign to fears and give hope and care to those who need them to be brave.
Stating that LUTH now has more than 120 warriors, volunteers who have been trained and are ready to be meaningfully deployed, he explained that since early February 2020, all-volunteer group of staff comprising Nurses, Pharmacists, Doctors, Laboratory Scientists, Hygienists, Porters, and Drivers have been planning for their involvement in the fight against the COVID-19 scourge.