From Dan Amasingha, Minna
The Federal government may have given the Ministry of Health the go ahead to massively recruit volunteer medical students across the country to help in the fight against COVID -19 as shortage of Medical personnel hits the country with the pandemic spikes.
DAILY ASSET learnt that, the new policy was to forestall a breakdown and overwhelming of frontline staff in the fight against the rampaging coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The Medical students voluntary COVID -19 scheme is rooted through the various Universities Medical students umbrella body, the Nigeria medical student association (NIMSA).
Under the scheme, Medical students who are in 300 level and above are encouraged to enroll with the Federal Ministry of Health under its volunteer scheme through an online link to assist Medical and other health workers on the frontline against COVID- 19 scourge.
According to one of the volunteers from a prominent North Central University, who craved for anonymity, students participating in the scheme cut across all the colleges of medicine in Nigeria.
” What I can’t confirm to you is if students in private universities are also joining us from the public institutions for now, since you know how parents that send their children to private school often behave to protect their wards. “
According to the source, each interested student would be given an online tutorial on the COVID- 19 virus and safety tip on how to protect themselves from contracting it after which they would be advised to submit an online application as volunteers.
“The Federal government contacted us through our school platform, which was created for various levels, but am not sure if 100 and 200 level students were included” he discosed.
However, following the spike in the COVID -19 pandemic in recent days and the increasing number of infection of Medical personnel at the frontline, the government may have fast track the inclusion of the student health personnel to the foray.
To this end, letters of invitation have been dispatched to sucessful students that met certain criteria for enrolment as volunteers in the race against the rampaging coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The source explained to DAILY ASSET that, she received her letter of participation as volunteer on Sunday and was directed to await further directives on where her services may be needed.
” I have been called, but am not sure where they will post me to, but from the look of things it might be in our current state of residence, am sure they will clarify it in the coming days,” she said.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) had in its latest release announced that over 4000 Nigerians have been infected by the coronavirus as the government continueS its battle to curtain the virus in the country that has claimed over one hundred lives.