Four Medical Doctors in the federal capital territory, Abuja have contracted COVID-19, the Association of Resident Doctors FCTA Chapter, ARDFCTA, has revealed.
In a communique issued after a virtual council meeting on May 7, 2020 and signed by Mustapha Ibrahim, the General Secretary of ARDFCTA, the body also announced that most of its members do not access to Personal Protective Equipments, PPE.
The document read in part, “There is an established community transmission of COVID 19 in the FCT with four of our members already exposed following the confirmation of two cases at Wuse District Hospital.
“Despite Management’s assertion of provision of adequate PPEs across all the general hospitals, it was noted by council that some of these PPEs are still been hoarded by some units as members do not readily access these apparels when attending to suspected cases.
“Exposed members are subjected to a lot of psychological trauma during this period of self-isolation.”
The group also revealed that some of its members are owed salaries between three to seven months, adding that there has been suspicious deductions from the salaries of old doctors after they were registered on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
“The council noted with dismay the haphazard nature in which the April, 2020 salaries was paid by IPPIS with no prior sensitisation or explanation despite the April 30 deadline for all matters connected therewith be resolved.
“Most newly employed members were still omitted in the payment of April, 2020 salaries bringing the total months owed them to between three-seven months.
The doctors added that they would have embarked on a strike on May 1, 2020, but decided to put it on hold.