President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) over the demise of 20 doctors 20 Nigerian doctors who reportedly died of COVID-19 within one week.
The president’s condolence message was issued in a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, on Saturday.
Enema Amodu,Chairman of the NMA, Abuja chapter, had on Friday disclosed the deaths of the medical practitioners.
Noting that he has sent a condolence message to NMA, President Buhari admitted that the nation’s health workers are operating under “severe limitations” but they are not deterred in discharging their duties in saving lives.
He said the welfare of health workers is a priority for his administration.
The statement read: “The death of our front line 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.
“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.
“Our 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.”
Shehu said the president also expressed his sadness over the demise of the Galadiman Lokoja, Chief Godwin Ajakpo; and the chairman of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (retd.), a former military governor, who also reportedly died of COVID-19 on Thursday.