The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Tuesday commended the efforts of all health workers for their tireless efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria and the world over.
Mr Tony Ojukwu , Executive Secretary of NHRC gave the commendation in a statement in Abuja, as the Commission joins the rest of the world to commemorate the World Heath Day.
Ojukwu described the theme of this year’s celebration ” support nurses and midwives” as very apt.
He said considering that the health workers including doctors, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, nurses and midwives, medics and paramedics, and everyone in the medical profession who put their lives on the line for the survival of others.
“With the scary pandemic which is indiscriminately claiming lives of thousands of health workers and people globally, our health workers are on the frontline, leaving behind their comfort and safety to give attention to those infected or affected with the deadly virus.
“Their sacrifice to protect the rights to health and life at a period like this cannot be under estimated”, he said.
He called Nigerians to strictly adhere to the medical guides given by the medical professionals, in other to ease the task of controlling the spread of the disease.
“We all have a role to play in the realisation of our rights to health during this period of fear and anxiety occasioned by the pandemic”, he said.
Similarly, he commended the federal government on the proposed medical and life insurance for health workers who are the first responders to the Covid -19 patients.
“There is the need to be more proactive in addressing our medical concerns, like putting in place strong and sustainable primary health care services which can easily be accessed by the poor, elderly and other vulnerable members of the society.
“Times like this call for a rethink and change in strategy to protect the rights of the people” Ojukwu said.
He further commended the efforts of federal and state governments and host of other initiatives aimed at combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN ) reports that World health day is celebrated every April 7 to highlight health awareness.