Ibadan-based businessman, Mr Omololu Akinyosoye, tells Punch that he has been advised that one must foyer to get the results of coronavirus take a look at
Why did you go for a COVID-19 take a look at?
I had a good friend who died of COVID-19 and I had contact with him three or 4 days earlier than he died. My late good friend had thought he had malaria, but it surely was when he received to hospital that he was advised that he had COVID-19. He died about three days later. So, I assumed to myself that it will be greatest to get examined in order that I might save my life in case I had been contaminated. Since I lived in Ibadan, I put a name by means of to the Oyo State COVID-19 emergency quantity and I used to be requested to go get examined instantly and that was what I did.
When did you go for the take a look at?
There was a cover outdoors, the place we have been attended to. The place regarded untidy. There was no professionalism. There was dysfunction there. In truth, there was no privateness for any affected person. You’d simply be referred to as upon and you would need to reveal your medical historical past, cellphone quantity and residential deal with to the listening to of everybody. Everybody might just about hear about your medical historical past. I disagreed with them over this method and I used to be given a type to fill.
How lengthy did it take earlier than you have been attended to?
I waited in line. It took about 45 minutes earlier than I used to be attended to and after I used to be examined, I used to be advised that I might go away.
When did they inform you the take a look at consequence can be prepared?
They advised me it will take two weeks. Once I requested why, they mentioned they would wish to take the take a look at samples to the College Faculty Hospital, Ibadan. They mentioned the consequence wouldn’t be out on time as a result of Ondo State and others normally ship samples to the UCH. In different phrases, the UCH has only one molecular lab, which many different states are utilizing. I assumed this to be pathetic. Anyway, they mentioned they might contact me by means of the phone or e mail.
What was your response once they advised you to attend for 2 weeks?
I used to be indignant however they mentioned their arms have been full. The UCH was meant just for Oyo State, however different states are additionally sending samples to it. They mentioned they couldn’t deal with the excessive demand. Once I requested why they couldn’t arrange extra labs, they mentioned this was what the federal government might afford.
Now that you simply don’t know your standing, what have you ever been doing?
I’ve been following the rules. I wash my arms commonly and put on my face masks. I truly purchased the N95, which is the best. That’s what I put on. I don’t exit anymore. I keep at dwelling. I solely exit when it’s completely mandatory.
Now that it’s been three weeks with none response, what efforts have you ever made to get your consequence?
Three days in the past, I went to the Governor’s Workplace. I used to be advised Governor Seyi Makinde was not round so I requested to see his chief of workers, however I used to be advised he was in a gathering. So, I used to be launched to 1 Adebowale Falana, who occurs to be an assistant to the chief of workers. Once I narrated my predicament to him, he picked his cellphone and referred to as the physician on the hospital, the place I did the take a look at, and he requested why my take a look at consequence was being delayed. The physician mentioned my take a look at consequence can be despatched to me as quickly as attainable. Mr Falana subsequently gave me his cellphone quantity. That was three days in the past. I nonetheless haven’t obtained the take a look at consequence. Once I referred to as Mr Falana, he mentioned ‘What would you like me to do?’ and I responded, ‘I urge your pardon, what do I need you to do? I need my consequence. Why don’t you escalate it to the governor? The consequence must have been out by now. I don’t have to foyer for it’. He mentioned he would name the physician however there was no improvement until now. It’s atrocious.
Have you ever been in isolation?
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been indoors. Happily, I dwell alone; so I’m not in fixed contact with anybody.
Given your expertise, do you suppose Nigeria can win the battle towards COVID-19?
This battle towards COVID-19 is only a waste of time. In Ondo city, three individuals, who I knew, died whereas they have been ready for his or her outcomes. Messages have been despatched to that they’d examined optimistic after they’d died. What’s the goal of taking a take a look at when chances are you’ll not dwell to see the consequence? In different nations, outcomes are out between 24 and 48 hours. I’ve been ready for 3 weeks. I’ll now not plead with them for the consequence.
Nigeria has failed. I don’t suppose Nigeria can win this battle. Have a look at our inhabitants, which is about 200 million. How many individuals have they examined? We’re chasing shadows. At some point, I do know we will overcome. I’m a fan of Governor Makinde, however he has failed so far as this COVID-19 response is anxious. Even Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State hasn’t performed nicely. All samples are despatched to Akure for testing. Samples are despatched to the UCH.