By Ismail Auwal
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Saturday extended his condolences to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) over the death of several doctors due to COVID-19, across the country.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President noted that the sacrifices made by the frontline medical workers were appreciated.
Buhari further gave an assurance that the welfare of doctors and other health workers would be a priority for his administration.
“The death of our frontline health workers in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly sad because these professionals risk their own lives in order to save others,” said Buhari.
He added that, “Our health workers are making maximum sacrifices for the country in line with their humanitarian calling, and this administration will leave no stone unturned in order to ensure their needs are met.”
According to the President, the health workers are operating under severe limitations, but they are undeterred in discharging their duties in saving lives.
“Let me say without any fear of contradiction that no reward is too much for the sacrifices of our health workers in the country, and this administration will give their welfare the priority it deserves,” he stated.
The president remarks were in reaction to the recent statement by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) NMA Chairman, Dr Enema Amodu, that no fewer than 20 medical doctors died of COVID-19 in the last one week across the country.