Officials in Central Nigeria are considering special accommodation for front line health workers fighting COVID-19 in Plateau State.
“Government is working hard to provide accommodation for front line nurses,” said the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Lar, Tuesday.
The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Jos University University Teaching Hospital Chapter, Monday protested over poor welfare and safety protocols in the COVID-19 designated treatment centre.
“Accommodation, incentives and hazard allowances” were top among the Union’s demands for members to continue work at the JUTH isolation center.
The Union had rejected an accommodation previously offered by the State, said the Health Commissioner.
Lar told Journalists in Jos, that fresh arrangements were being made to accommodate the nurses.
The nurses will “immediately” resume duty when the accommodation is provided, said the JUTH NANNM leader, Mrs Mercy Lenka.
“We are ready to resume immediately they provide accommodation.
“We will not allow our members working in the isolation center to be coming from their private homes, putting their families at risk.
“Feeding and transportation must also be arranged for them, as done in other places,” Lengka said.
Plateau currently has 95 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including a front line nurse. 43 of the patients have been discharged while two have died, officials say.