The Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) on Wednesday urged Governments of the Commonwealth of Nations to urgently deploy more resources to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Osahon Enabulele, CMA President, said that Commonwealth Governments should provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other incentives for physicians and health workers who were ‘Frontliners’ in the fight against Covid-19.
Enabulele said that the Covid-19 pandemic, which had affected over 40 Commonwealth countries as at March 30, had challenged the people’s way of life, their health, wellbeing and prosperity.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted global interconnectedness, human industry, global health, security, socioeconomic wellbeing and global prosperity.
“It has also caused the unfortunate loss of physicians, health workers and citizens of the Commonwealth.
“Governments in the Commonwealth of Nations should urgently improve on their political will and commitments, deploy adequate and appropriate resources to the fight against Coronavirus,” he said.
Enabulele commended health workers for their sustained commitment to duty and provision of quality care, in spite of the resource challenges and lack of adequate incentives.
He, however, called on the National Medical Associations (NMAs) in the Commonwealth to continue to adopt proactive, progressive, dynamic and pragmatic strategic approaches.
Enabulele said that this was to sustain their efforts and partnerships with the governments, private sector and all other stakeholders to bring an end to the pandemic.
He also called on the physicians, health workers and citizens of the Commonwealth to have great hope, optimism and courage in confronting the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, everyone should actively participate in the global efforts to overcome Covid-19.
“Everybody is called upon to see this as a patriotic duty; with heightening of positive orientation, level of awareness and participation in the efforts to defeat the virus.
“The CMA is convinced that this global commitment must remain a ‘One for all, and all for one’ fight against Covid-19,” he said.
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye