Management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospita (LUTH) has approved life insurance for each staff working as warriors in the drive to rid Nigeria of COVID-19.
The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Prof Chris Bode while addressing health workers at the institution acknowledged the difficulties involved in managing the condition, adding that; “We intend to record next to zero rates of patient-to-staff infection by adopting internationally recommended best practices.
Further, he disclosed that working closely with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH, the hospital has also acquired enough materials to work with.
“We have also suitably modified the wards to commence admissions from the afternoon of Monday the 6th of April, 2020 in LUTH. We have scaled down the admission of routine cases while all in-patients are being transferred to Block E for ease of care.”
To ensure proper protection of staff, Bode said frontline officers must wear N95 masks and stay at least six feet away while triaging any patient and will call in the Infectious Diseases Unit to see any suspected case.
“We shall do this with the love of each other and care for our patients. We shall give respect and dignity to each other as COVID-19 Warriors and patients to whom we represent the only hope in these difficult days. Non-resident staff working on this will be housed within or near LUTH.
Further, Bode noted that it was only human for people to be afraid but encouraged health workers of the institution not to resign to fears and give hope and care to those who need them to be brave.
Stating that LUTH now has more than 120 warriors, volunteers who have been trained and are ready to be meaningfully deployed, he explained that since early February 2020, all-volunteer group of staff comprising Nurses, Pharmacists, Doctors, Laboratory Scientists, Hygienists, Porters, and Drivers have been planning for their involvement in the fight against the COVID-19 scourge.
“We had earlier identified the four Wards on the newly rehabilitated Block B as suitable for an Isolation Centre while efforts were in progress to secure enough resources and consumables for us to admit and treat Nigerians afflicted with COVID-19 in LUTH.
“Suspected cases will be kept in the old Isolation Centre near the A/E building and confirmed cases are to be admitted through a dedicated route onto the B Block through the gate opposite the Oxygen Room.
“We are ready for this challenge and, let me tell you, if we do not combat COVID-19 resolutely, COVID-19 may look for each of us in our homes.
“Our Virology Laboratory is internationally recognised and was the first to confirm the disease in Nigeria while more than 30 LUTH personnel have been assisting the Lagos Team in various capacities till date.”
The CMD further hinted the workers that the WHO, the Lagos State Government, and other partners have promised to assist them in the collective efforts while they full backing of the Federal Government.
“I speak for all in commending HE the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu and his indefatigable Honorable Commissioner of Health, Prof Akin Abayomi for the trail-blazing leadership of the COVID-19 Response Team in Lagos.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, NCDC Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu for making available 60 beds, PPEs, Masks and other consumables to LUTH.
“We have been promised more beds are coming shortly and that all needed materials for our noble efforts will be given utmost priority.
He said: “I, therefore, implore each of us to commence this assignment with courage in our hearts and smiles on our faces, knowing this is what we are best known for. I pray that God shall preserve us as we continue to serve our fellow citizens.
EndSARS: Insurers Pay N4bn Claims, To Pay More
By Sola Alabadan
The dust generated by the EndSARS protest in October 2020 is yet to settle, as insurance companies in the country have already paid N4 billion as claims to over 2000 policyholders that were affected during the protest and more claims will still be paid.
The chairman of Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), Mr. Ganiyu Musa, made this known at an interactive session with journalists on Thursday in Lagos.
He also informed that the insurance operators are still collating claims which arose from the incident, assuring that all genuine claims will be paid as promptly as possible.
Musa said: “the number of insured businesses that were affected at the last count was about 2000 insured losses and the industry have settled over N4 billion claims in respect of the EndSARS protest. Once they are documented and completed, we have the commitment of our members that claims will be paid timely.
The association is on top of developments on the aftermath of the protests and will continue to encourage members to pay all genuine claims in line with the extant policies.”
On the Consolidated Insurance Bill 2020, he said: “NIA welcomes the review as it will align the Act with global best practice and promote the business of insurance in the country.”
According to him, the current insurance legislation is outdated and has made it impossible to do things that need to be done.
On the African Insurance Organisation Conference, AIO 2021, Musa said: “Originally planned for year 2020, COVID-19 was a force majeure due to health protocols and travel restrictions. With availability of vaccines, reduction in infection rate, coupled with relaxation of travel restrictions and other protocols around the coronavirus disease, the AIO Executive Committee and the NIA have agreed to hold it from September 4 – 8, 2021. A hybrid conference has been agreed and we solicit your support in hosting the best conference ever.”
Speaking on the Nigerian Insurance Industry Database /Nigerian Insurance Industry Portal (NIID/NIIP), the NIA boss stated that: “The Nigerian Insurance Industry Database was established to reduce soft market practices and eliminate fake insurance policies. The Association has taken a step further by creating the Nigerian Insurance Industry platform to enable vehicle owners purchase their third-party motor vehicle insurance cover from the comfort of their homes and telephones. So far, we are seeing a lot of traction on the platform across the states of the Federation and we are hopeful that other states will key into the project before the end of the year.”
On the Marine Module, he said: “As you are probably aware, the Central Bank of Nigeria has since integrated the NIA Marine Module into the National Trade portal and all insurance certificates required for import and export are generated from the portal. This, no doubt, signals the end of fake Marine Insurance Certificates at the Ports.”
Musa further disclosed that he became the Chairman of the Council of Bureaux of the Ecowas Brown Card Scheme at its 37th Ordinary Session in January this year. “A major issue for the Bureau is domestication of Compulsory Brown Card in the country. We are hopeful that when all the fine details have been sorted, it will be implemented in Nigeria,” he said.
On the new NIA House Project, he said; “Construction of a befitting Secretariat for the association has reached an advanced stage and we are hopeful that the building will be completed at the end of the second quarter so that we can take full possession of the property and relocate our secretariat staff before the end of the year. Of course, we have had some delay in meeting delivery timelines due mainly to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the regulatory restrictions on number of workers on site at any point in time.”
On the initiatives on compulsory insurance, he said: “We have commenced discussions with Lagos State Building Control Agency, as part of engagements on the implementation of Lagos State Building law. We are also working closely with the state vehicle Inspection service on enforcement of Third Party Motor Insurance in the state. We are also engaging Kaduna, Kogi and Ogun States, and remain hopeful that other states will see value in the platform and embrace it. Out of the estimated 13 million vehicles in Nigeria only about 2,939,767 Third Party Motor policies are in force as at Apr 26, 2021.”
Brokers Charge FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Insecurity
The Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), has lamented the spate of killings, kidnapping and other forms of violent attacks in the country, saying the development is not only tarnishing the country’s image but also scaring investors away from the country.
The President of the Council, Dr. Bola Onigbogi who said this at media parley in Lagos, appealled to the federal government to, as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency on terrorism and killings, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Onigbogi noted that if nothing is done as soon as possible to address this menace, it will deter foreign investors from investing in the Nigerian economy.
She said: “to say that the rate of killings and kidnapping in Nigeria is endemic is to state the obvious. The recent rate of attacks on people in most part of the nation is so disheartening.
“It is worrisome seeing how Nigerians are being massacred in their own fatherland unabated. It is difficult to read the mindset of these dare devil hoodlums, who have decided to unleash terror on unsuspecting and innocent Nigerians.
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the government and the people of affected States, especially, the immediate families of the victims. However, I like to join several other Nigerians to appeal to the Federal Government, as a matter of urgency, declare a state of emergency on terrorism and killings, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria.
“We appeal to Mr. President to instruct all the service chiefs to take responsibilities for the killings and kidnappings that has continued to tarnish the image of the country. It is important to note that with the spate of killings and kidnapping in Nigeria, if nothing is done as soon as possible, it will deter investors from investing in Nigeria economy”.
Onigbogi, who also spoke on building collapses in the country, called on the government to take decisive measures to address this issues.
“It is essential for government to facilitate meetings of all stakeholders in order to reach a compromise on methods to adopt in stemming the tide. Kindly permit me to state at this juncture that the enforcement of Section 64 and Section 65 of Insurance Act 2003 should be prioritized”, she expressed.