The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, on Saturday, July 11, 2020, disclosed plans to prosecute the Commissioners for Health in both Kogi and Cross River States over alleged unethical conduct in the fight against the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
The association said before their formal trial in court, the two commissioners will first face a probe panel put in place by the Medical and Health Council of Nigeria for allegedly obstructing the activities of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in their respective states.
Innocent Ujah, the national president of NMA, who dropped the hint, explained that the two health commissioners have been reported by the NCDC to the Medical and Health Council for allegedly playing politics with human lives in the two states.
Ujah noted that some doctors have to be sanctioned and be made to face trial in competent courts, adding that by their training, doctors are expected to be objective on issues affecting the well-being of humanity.
The renowned Professor of Medicine and a former Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research said that the posture of the two health commissioners to the national efforts to control and curtail the Covid-19 pandemic was not only worrisome but unethical.
Speaking at a lecture with the theme: ‘Social Organisations, Human Rights and Covid-19 Pandemic’, he delivered on the 22 anniversary and Founders Day celebration of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Ujah noted that contrary to the erroneous impression created by the two commissioners, there is abundant medical evidence showing the prevalence of the disease in the two states.
He remarked that the denial of the presence of COVID-19 in the two states was politically motivated and unethical on the part of the two commissioners.
“The truth of the matter in this country today is that COVID-19 is real. It has come and it’s throwing this nation into a big mess.
“It is a known fact today that the greatest challenge to humanity is the coronavirus. We do not need to wait until we begin to see dead bodies on our streets before we believe that the disease is with us.
“Regrettably, no age group is spared, the virus is just attacking anybody and we need to take adequate precautions to contain the virus because it may take a long time to get its vaccine,” he said.
The NMA president commended the federal government for opting out of this year’s WAEC examination, adding that it will be a national tragedy to allow innocent children to be infected by the dreaded disease.
Ujah also praised the Peace Corps of Nigeria for its active support to the federal government in the fight against Covid-19 and called on other youth-based organizations in the country to emulate the corps.