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COVID-19 not over, don’t be careless, MDCAN warns

Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti

The National President, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria, Prof. Kenneth Ozoilo, has urged Nigerians, including health workers, not to let down their guard against COVID-19, saying the pandemic is still very much around.

Ozoilo, who lauded the government’s effort in providing COVID-19 vaccines for the citizens, however, urged Nigerians “to avail themselves the opportunity to get vaccinated as the benefits of doing so far outweigh the risks”.

The MDCAN president, in a message to members made available in Ado Ekiti, stated, “I must greatly commend all our members and other health workers for demonstrating high level of competence and commitment in tackling the pandemic thus far. The pandemic is still not over, let us not let down our guards.

“We encourage all our members to make themselves available for vaccination and to continue to uphold the non-pharmaceutical measures of prevention. MDCAN continues to appreciate the immense patriotic commitment of our members in combating COVID-19 pandemic in the country, even in the face of daunting security challenges and very shameful remuneration, including a scandalous hazard allowance of N5,000 only.

“A total of 340 of our members were infected between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. A total of 331 recovered, three are active cases and six deaths have occurred during the period under review.”

The MDCAN president sympathised with families in Nigeria and worldwide, who have lost loved members to COVID-19.

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