Medical doctors in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have devised a means of attending to patients through phone calls and sending prescriptions by
In some hospitals, only security personnel that wore hand gloves were seen on ground and they directed patients to a list containing phone numbers of doctors supposed to be on duty at the various department. According to the security personnel, patients were expected to call the number and state his symptoms to the doctor who will thereafter either give him an appointment, recommend a test for him or make prescriptions.
At Nyanya General Hospital, doctors were not around, the hospital was scanty as only security personnel, a few nurses and pharmacists were on duty. A security guard who would not want his name to be mentioned confirmed that since the Federal Government declared a lockdown on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun state, doctors have also locked themselves in their houses and come to the hospital only when there is a matter that requires urgent medical attention.
Pointing at the least containing their phone numbers he continued, “If you want to see any doctor then you call his number and explain the matter with him”.