The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria had earlier disclosed that no fewer than 14 resident doctors had died from the virus.
An underwriter, who spoke to our correspondent, said it was important to ensure that only those who were approved by the government had the cover in order not to go against government’s directives.
He said that the appropriate thing was that medical practitioners should comply with government’s directives on treatment of COVID-19 patients, to prevent further spread of it.
We cannot go against the decision of the Federal Government by giving insurance covers to private hospitals without accreditation to treat persons who test positive for coronavirus,” he said
According to him, hospitals could get life insurance cover for the medical professionals working with them.
“If there is any medical personal that fall in the insured category, let us know and when we get the information, we will move in immediately,” he said.
Speaking with our correspondent, the Director-General, Nigerian Insurers Association, Mrs Yetunde Ilori, said the doctors under the insurance cover provided by the underwriters were approved to treat COVID-19 patients.
The doctors have to be employed by the government; they must be approved by the government to be in the COVID-19 team.
“We didn’t cover private doctors and private nurses in their private clinics.