Medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health interns, and other trained health workers are currently risking their lives to save people battling COVID-19.
Many were initially shunned by relatives and friends who feared they would pass on the infection to them, but over the time, with training and support which our organization offers, the social stigma associated with the disease is gradually diminishing.
Resilient and undeterred, even when grappling with limited equipment, shortage of supplies and grumpy patients, health workers still remain in the forefront fighting to minimize the pandemic.
Our team yesterday volunteered to take the extra hours to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 response in different facilities in Rivers State; the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching hospital and Rivers State University Teaching hospital were beneficiaries of our intervention project.
Our decision to support health workers came when a lot of health workers absconded upon hearing about the first COVID-19 case in the city, knowing fully the modes of transmission and the thousands of lives lost overseas, many felt they couldn’t risk their lives for that, especially in a country with limited healthcare facilities and close to zero personal protective equipment (PPE), but the patients need someone to take care of them, someone must do that.
While we look out for more support and partnership to support vulnerable populations such as health workers; the battle against the spread of the virus continues; even in local communities.