Insecurity Endangering Healthcare In Nigeria…Red Cross
The International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) has called for unhindered access for health workers to people who are in need of medical services in Nigeria.
The Red Cross expressed the worry at a workshop entitled Healthcare Delivery in Danger” (HCiD)
organised for journalists and Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of healthcare facilities in Awka on Friday.
Mrs Constancia Amagba, Health Officer of Red Cross, Anambra Branch said danger to healthcare delivery included physical and verbal assault which could affect the comfort or mental balance of a healthcare worker.
Amagba said people who needed medical attention had been denied services because of restriction of movement including enforcement of curfew and sit@home protests.
She said violence against and kidnapping of healthcare workers may may compromise functioning of the system and cause harm to sick and wounded.
According to her any act of verbal or physical violence or obstruction or threat of violence that interferes with the availability, access and delivery of curative and/or preventive health services during emergencies is a danger to healthcare.
“We should respect the sick and wounded, everyone deserves access to health care at all times.
“Healthcare workers can only work when they are safe, so do not bring weapons into health care facilities and do not fire weapons in the proximity of a healthcare facility,” he said.
The Volunteers called on journalists to help in the enlightenment and advocacy for unhindered access of medical workers to patients who needed them.
She said the primary concern of ICRC was timely response to emergencies and saving lives which was the right of everybody Including suspects.
She said denying gunshot injury victims treatment for want of Police reports and impeding movement of ambulances whether conveying patients or empty was against law guiding the sector.
According to her, patients must benefit from impartial health care required by their condition as rapidly as possible.
“No threats against or harassment of health-care professionals performing activities in line with ethical principles of health care.
“No attacks against healthcare facilities performing their health care function and no undue delay to, or derual of, the passage of medical transports,” she said.