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Cross River NMA Loses Doctor To COVID-19

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The Cross River State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has lost one of its member to the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Agam Ayuk, Chairman of the NMA in the state, disclosed this to newsmen in Calabar, the state capital, adding that nine other doctors are seriously ill and hospitalised as a result of the virus disease.

Ayuk lamented that the rate of COVID-19 infections in the state was under-reported and that the government was not helping out.

“Currently, we have nine members who are infected with COVID-19. We lost a member in Ogoja, Rev Sister (Dr) Kate Okpa to COVID-19. It is something that is serious,” said the NMA chairman in the state.

“The national response team has been around for almost two weeks now but the challenge we have in the state is that positive cases of COVID-19 are under-reported and the government is not helping out.

“Presently, we have pressure on UCTH. The reports you see are from NCDC or UCTH platforms. We thank God that NCDC is listening to us hence the state has two testing centres for COVID-19 and we are happy with the response we have gotten. Let the government of Cross River State listen to us and do their own part.”

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