The Federal and state governments have been accused by the Academic Staff Union of Universities of not doing enough to protect the lives of frontline health workers involved in the fight against Coronavirus in the country.
The Chairman of ASUU in the University of Ibadan, Prof Ayo Akinwole, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Akinwole added that some members of the union have in the frontline fighting against the virus, he, however, noted that the government was not doing enough to protect them from being infected.
He further stated in the effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country, ASUU has produced over 3,000 reusable face masks for distribution to her members.
He stated that it was important that members had access to face masks that are produced following international standards.
The UI ASUU chairman noted that the union will not allow its members to purchase and use marks freely sold on streets as the majority of them failed to follow international standards of producing face masks.
Chairman ASUU committee, Dr Dapo Okareh who stated that the committee utilised cotton fabric, absorbent, cello filter, organs filter, liner, pearls and other materials, noted that it was better to use face masks than a ventilator.
Akinwole revealed it took the committee about 17 days from conception, design to have the final products using the expertise within the Union.
“About a month ago, we produced hand sanitisers for frontline workers, including our members who are in various committees fighting COVID-19 nationwide.”
“We are challenged that facemasks are becoming expensive and different types of local face masks which have not followed international standards are seen on the streets being sold to people.”
“This is why we have decided to produce this using our expertise and following international procedure and we shall distribute them to our members who live in various communities to protect them and prevent them from community transmission of COVID-19 when they are in the public. We urge the government to do more to protect frontline workers because the government is not doing enough at the moment,” he stated.