BY AUSTIN AJAYI, YOLA – The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Bishop Stephen Dami Manza, has called on the Federal Government to stop the planned industrial action by doctors in the country.
Bishop Manza gave the advice on Saturday in press briefing concerning the status of health after testing positive to COVID-19 two weeks ago.
The clergyman, who thanked God for making the result of the virus carried out on him for the second time that confirmed that he was negative said, “For doctors to go on strike at this point in time will be a disaster”.
“My experience in the isolation center has shown that the health workers are doing their best and should be encouraged.
“Though, COVID-19 in Nigeria is over exaggerated by the Covid-19 Containment Committee and the NCDC, however, the general public should note that the virus is real and it is with us”.
While calling on the people to go and carry out the test, he said being positive is not a death sentence.
Bishop Manza, who is also chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Adamawa state chapter, was placed on Isolation for two weeks after testing positive for the virus. At the end of the isolation period, he has been certified free of the virus by medical doctors.
“I have been certified free of Coronavirus and I want to use this opportunity to thank very sincerely all people of goodwill across the country who have been praying for me in order that I get well. I want to assure everybody that I’m now physically well”.
While commending the relentless efforts of health workers at the frontline in the fight against the virus, Bishop Mamza said there was an urgent need for government and all citizens to appreciate those putting their lives and that of their families on the line to keep the people safe.