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The Coronavirus diaries (13) – The Nation Nigeria

Festus ERIYE


WHAT is it in regards to the novel coronavirus that makes it shameful? Many who come down with it desire denial – besides overwhelmed by signs. Some get examined however checklist pretend cellphone numbers and addresses to allow them to’t be traced!

I used to be instructed of two households who nearly went to warfare after a person who knew a neighbour was exhibiting apparent COVID-19 signs, secretly known as NCDC and gave them an deal with the place the sick man might be discovered.

After he was evacuated, his household traced the whistleblower and a full scale bodily confrontation ensued. Why did he name NCDC they wished to know? They didn’t care whether or not his motion was a humanitarian gesture that saved others within the block of flats from being contaminated. They have been as an alternative offended he had uncovered a household secret that was higher hidden!

Stigma is a significant component fuelling the unfold of the virus as extra contaminated individuals conceal their standing as if they’ve leprosy.

It’s even worse when an infection turns into deadly. It’s as if loss of life by COVID-19 is extra woeful than loss of life by different means. This previous week, the demise of two excessive profile Nigerians, and the style through which their passing was introduced, captured this level.

For weeks studies had indicated former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, had coronavirus and was being handled on the similar Lagos hospital that dealt with President Muhammadu Buhari’s former Chief of Employees, Abba Kyari’s, case.

Following his loss of life, Lagos State Commissioner for Well being, Akin Abayomi, issued a clear assertion that exposed he died of a number of organ failure arising from problems attributable to COVID-19.

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On the weekend, Kogi State Chief Choose, Nasir Ajanah, died at an isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja. The federal government’s announcement was simply an acknowledgment of his passing, however two days later Governor Yahaya Bello crammed the lacking gaps.

He declared emphatically that the choose’s loss of life wasn’t associated to COVID-19. We should then assume he was being handled for dysentery on the isolation centre!

The governor who retains insisting his state is virus free – regardless of the testimonies of docs and the NCDC, urged that sure individuals for “political and mischief functions” have been behind claims that Ajanah’s loss of life was attributable to the virus.

“Don’t give in to worry and evil of the problems of COVID-19… it’s a illness that has been imported, propagated and compelled on the folks for no simply trigger,” he stated.

“Nothing kills quicker than worry. I urge you all to not settle for reduce and paste as COVID-19. It is just out to create worry, panic, orchestrated to scale back and shorten the lifespan of the folks.

“Whether or not medical specialists and scientists consider it or not, COVID-19 is out to shorten the lifespans of the folks. It’s a illness propagated by drive, for Nigerians to just accept.”

Put merely, the governor is saying on the subject of well being and drugs, consider what a politician tells you over any physician or scientist’s opinion.

There’s simply one thing in regards to the Nigerian gubernatorial seat that inflates a person’s ego such that he wakes up each morning considering he’s all of a sudden an skilled on every thing from archaeology to epidemiology. However nothing is extra embarrassing, or deadlier, than folly unrecognised.

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Now, from the unbelieving to the transformed, there’s nonetheless not a lot to cheer. World Well being Organisation (WHO) Director Common, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Monday warned that the “worst is but to come back” from the pandemic if governments world wide don’t undertake the best methods.

He stated: “Though many international locations have made some progress, globally the pandemic is definitely dashing up. Some international locations have now skilled a resurgence of circumstances as they begin to reopen their economies and societies.”

An analogous message is being pushed in Nigeria by the Presidential Process Pressure (PTF) on Covid-19 which, whereas acknowledging that the outbreak just isn’t even near its peak, continues its technique of gradual easing.

This week, the farcical inter-state journey ban was lifted. Whereas it lasted, folks have been crisscrossing the nation by paying off compromised safety brokers at checkpoints. Now, it’s official – folks can transfer once more. The worry, nevertheless, is the virus would journey with them.

With infections not slowing down within the epicentre of Lagos, it seems the dreaded and unpopular lockdown is likely to be again any second now. The NCDC says 60% of circumstances within the nation are present in simply 18 of its 774 native authorities areas.

It now plans ‘precision lockdown’ in these localities. Many of those locations are in Lagos – that means the return of city-wide shutdown by way of the again door. The final such train was largely ineffective due to widespread non-compliance.

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Up north, Kano continues to undertaking an image of progress with infections seeming to have plateaued. However a current report by in style American web site www.thedailybeast.com titled “Nigeria’s Gravediggers Bury Secret COVID Victims Each Day,” claims unusual deaths haven’t ceased.

It quotes gravediggers on the Abbatuwa Cemetry as saying in regular instances they dug two graves a day. However one thing uncommon started taking place in April that noticed them excavating as much as 40 per day! The numbers should not that top anymore: now they solely bury 11 individuals day by day.

The fatalities could not all be COVID-related, however a Federal Authorities investigation of unusual deaths in Kano discovered that of 979 circumstances in April and Might, 60% have been attributable to coronavirus. Utilizing those self same parameters means official figures are nonetheless extremely rosy.

Let’s finish on the word of celebrities behaving badly. After the brouhaha surrounding Naira Marley’s current live performance on the Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja, you’ll have thought others have learnt a lesson.

One other star – D’Banj – is within the information after acting at a crowded social gathering in Abuja the place attendees ignored social distancing guidelines. Judging by the priority of the Marley incident, nobody ought to anticipate FCT authorities to make an instance of a star. Particularly, not one who popularised the exclamation – ‘File!’ – Yoruba for ‘go away it alone’ or ‘drop it!’



NOTE: I’ve written these diaries for 13 unbroken weeks. However going ahead they would seem intermittently – as event calls for – affording me room to forged an eye fixed on different problems with second.


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