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LAGOS: Nigerian Navy rescues crew from burning fishing trawler

LAGOS: Nigerian Navy rescues crew from burning fishing trawler
Written by Maritime First

…As 3 doctors test positive to COVID-19***

The Nigerian Navy in Lagos has rescued three Beninoise after their fishing vessel caught fire at the Lagos anchorage.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. said the incident occurred on Tuesday.

Enenche said the crew were rescued by the Nigerian Navy Ship BINI after a distress call was sent out at past midnight on April 21.

”On arrival at the scene, the fishing boat with a call sign SHORT TAIL was completely engulfed by fire, one of the crew member was severely burnt in the incident.

”The crew members who could not communicate in English were given first aid at the naval Base Medical Centre where they were stabilised and treated,” he said.

Meanwhile, Medical Guild says three of its members at Alimosho General Hospital and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr Oluwajimi Sodipo and Dr Ismail Ajibowo, Chairman and Secretary of the guild respectively, made this known on Thursday in Lagos on the Instagram account of the guild.

Medical Guild is an umbrella body of doctors under the employment of the Lagos State Government.

Sodipo and Ajibowo said that the three doctors had been admitted at different isolation facilities in Lagos for treatment.

They said that the medical conditions of their three members were stable, and were enjoying the support of the guild.

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The guild leaders also said that the doctors at Alimosho General Hospital, Ikorodu General Hospital, Lagos General Hospital and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) had been exposed to COVID-19 cases.

“Since the incident, we have been working with our representatives in those centres, and the Medical Directors of the facilities to ensure testing of those involved.

“This is with a plan for care in the unfortunate incident of positive cases,” they said.

The guild leaders said that they would engage the state government on the need to designate all doctors as the frontline workers, provide them with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and incentives due to risks they were exposed to.

They expressed optimism that the engagement with the government would be favourable.

The leaders warned medical doctors against attending to patients without adequate PPE, due to the community transmission and varying symptoms of COVID-19, stressing that all patients were COVID-19 suspects.

“We should also adopt rational use of PPEs, while adopting the slogan of ‘No PPE, No work,” Sodipo and Ajibowo said.

They expressed the guild’s appreciation for the enormous sacrifice and efforts that members were making in the fight against COVID-19.

“This is in spite of the serious risk to everyone of us, and most, especially our families and the loved ones,” the guild leaders said.

According to them, regular update will be made to members, appealing that unity of purpose was needed in handling the present situation and urged members to stay safe in the course of their duties.

 

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