Covid-19: How our ‘hands’ can make or mar us

‘hands’ can make

By Omeiza Ajayi

One of the security protocols towards Covid-19 is avoiding handshakes and washing of arms usually as a result of, to some extent, Covid-19 could possibly be in our arms. Also, the accountability of taking the virus off our arms and even disallowing it from attending to our arms, additionally lies in our arms by advantage of the truth that individually and collectively, we now have to make a acutely aware effort to respect all security procedures to keep away from contracting the virus.

As of 11: 43pm on Friday, there have been 594 new circumstances of COVID19 in Nigeria. The whole confirmed circumstances have been 22, 614 whereas 7, 822 had been efficiently handled and discharged. There have been 549 deaths. By that very same time final week, there have been 475 deaths, that means that inside one week, the nation recorded 74 deaths attributable to Covid-19.

For many Nigerians, these are simply figures as they can’t put a face to any of the figures. But to the households of those that have misplaced family members to Covid-19 or who at the moment have relations present process remedy, the pandemic is actual.

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Yes, some nations are fortunate to be coping with solely the Covid-19 Pandemic in contrast to in Nigeria the place we now have had the misfortune of coping with clearly what’s a Pandemic and what I’ll time period a Scamdemic, perpetrated by opportunists who take enjoyment of profiting off the misfortunes of others. These opportunists vary from the producers of faux hand sanitizers, those that recycle surgical face masks to even these in authorities who inflate contracts on medical provides and even certify medical merchandise which might be beneath customary.

The cynicism with which residents view something coming from the federal government has additionally helped to gasoline doubts within the minds of residents relating to authorities’s dealing with of the pandemic.

The inconsistent claims by the World Health Organization WHO almost about using face masks and the infectious nature or in any other case of asymptomatic individuals have additionally made many to proceed to puncture the existence of the virus.

Back residence, the face off between some state governments particularly Kogi and Cross River States and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control NCDC additionally made many to conclude that there’s a conspiracy of figures relating to the Pandemic. On its half, the refusal of the NCDC to open up on the way it acquired samples from Kogi State which led it to declare three circumstances for the state didn’t additionally assist issues. Cross River solely yesterday rejected the one determine declared for them by the NCDC.

But what has solid extra doubts within the minds of some Nigerians is solely ignorance. How for example, does one question why some photos of Covid-19 sufferers in some developed nations confirmed individuals on ventilators whereas those in Nigeria even had sufficient power to embark on road demonstrations?

The fact is that whereas Covid-19 may not kill individuals en masse, it has the flexibility to contaminate a mass of individuals on the identical time, thereby crippling a rustic’s healthcare system.

In spite of those excessive degree of cynicism amongst Nigerians, the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19 headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha has continued to hold on with out being discouraged. Though typically annoyed, as he rightly conceded, he stated if it have been inside his powers, that is the suitable time to declare a lockdown. Unless we adhere to the principles, the implication of that assertion is that we’re going to have one other lockdown fairly quickly.

To a big extent, the federal government has tried to include the unfold of the virus however going ahead, the accountability of halting the wave of neighborhood transmission rests with the individuals.

It was subsequently with utter consternation that Nigerians woke as much as the information of a Naira Marley live performance in Abuja penultimate weekend.

Assuming that the organizers have been crass capitalists who needed to make fast bucks via the live performance, how concerning the residents of the realm across the Jabi Lake Mall, venue of the live performance? Couldn’t they’ve alerted related officers? But much more condemnable have been the safety businesses whose Operatives supplied safety cowl for the occasion.

The work of the Taskforce and the media within the final three to 4 months respectively have been rubbished inside few hours of delight by revellers who thought extra of themselves with out sparing a thought for the nation.

The excellent news is that the Mall was sealed for 2 weeks whereas the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA vowed to deliver to e book all these concerned in placing the occasion collectively.

The dangerous information nonetheless is that assuming with out conceding that there was one particular person with the virus on the live performance, there’s a excessive risk that many different individuals would have been cross-infected with the best way the principles of social distancing and sporting of face masks have been breached.

Like the SGF quoted Dr. B. Calinawagan the opposite day; “The War has shifted to the community and it is up to you. This cannot be won in the confines of the hospital.. We the healthcare workers are not your front liners any longer. We are your LAST LINE OF DEFENCE. You, my fellow people, are the front liners now”.

If these phrases don’t resonate effectively with us within the mild of the growing variety of contaminated individuals every day, I have no idea what is going to.

As we wash Covid-19 off our arms, allow us to not wash our arms off the battle towards Covid-19, for in our arms lies the accountability of restoring Nigeria’s epidemiological scenario again to the times earlier than February 24 when an unnamed Italian man introduced the virus to our shores.

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