Ministers partner to stop hospitals from rejecting patients for COVID-19 fear

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Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello,and Health minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire have resolved to work together to put an end to rejection of patients at hospitals for fear of COVID-19 infections.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, Anthony Ogunleye, quoted Bello to have decried the trend in which other ailments are being ignored because of the fight against COVID-19.

“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,” Bello was further quoted to have said.

He gave assurance that the partnership between the FCTA and the Federal Ministry of Health would 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 and expressed the commitment of the FCT Administration towards sustained partnerships to step up public awareness, which he said, was key to putting a stop to its spread.

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, began to deteriorate in the wake of coronavirus, adding that neglect of any sick person was unethical and not acceptable.

He assured that adequate steps were being taken to ensure that patients were not turned away from hospitals to die needlessly.

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