The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to issue an Executive Order to enforce compliance with the stay at home directive for non-essential workers.
NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile, made the call at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the call became imperative in curtailing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
“We are observing with dismay that some State Governments are vacillating on the closure of schools and banning social and religious gatherings, basking in the euphoria that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their states.
“NMA demands uniformity in implementing the lockdown orders on non-essential services. We, therefore, call on Buhari to issue an Executive Order to enforce compliance,” he said.
Faduyile who appreciated efforts so far put in by government at all levels to contain the pandemic, however, said that certain key strategies had been largely absent or sub-optimally implemented.
These according to him, include effective coordination between federal and state governments as well as other stakeholders to ensure that the efforts are not wasted.
“NMA particularly observes that going by what is being put out by the media, relevant federal and states authorities are working independently thus leaving several grounds uncovered.
“The association further notes that a more result oriented situation would be one where federal and state governments are comparing notes, sharing intelligence and taking a uniform stand on issues.
“Issues such as modalities for effective implementation of interrupting the chain of transmission (social distancing), case detection, contact tracing and self- isolation.
“These lapses have resulted in the recent cases where some individuals defaulted the self-quarantine directives and went about mixing freely with the public,” he said.
Faduyile called on federal government to immediately commence a strategic partnership/collaboration with states and their relevant organisations on a day to day basis.
“The weakest link in the chain, could rubbish every effort of the stronger parts.
“Working together eliminates this. This partnership and cooperation will be most needed in the area of technical support and funding,” he said.