The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has disclosed plans to prosecute the Commissioners for Heath in both Kogi and Cross River States over alleged unethical conduct in the fight against the spread of the dreaded coronavirus in their states.
The association revealed that 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.
The National President of NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, 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, a renowned Professor of Medicine and a former Director General of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) stated 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.
He 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 adding that contrary to the erroneous impression created by the two commissioners, there are 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 till 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.