Nigeria Records First COVID-19 Death, More Gloomy Days Ahead

in nigeria •  16 days ago  (edited)

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Just yesterday, Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth, recorded the first death resulting from COVID-19. This is coming on the heels of the infected cases hitting 42. So far, only one death has resulted with two patients discharged while the others are receiving treatments.

On the surface, it would seem that everything is under control because of the relatively few cases being reported. Nevertheless, at the risk of being described as a pessimist and prophet of doom, it appears that there are more gloomy days ahead for Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

The above prediction becomes necessary because Nigeria has unfortunately failed to learn from the examples of China, Europe, and America. By the time COVID-19 took off in Wuhan and started ravaging Europe and then America, the government of Nigeria did nothing, ignored the impending doom by doing nothing. The airport, seaports, and land borders were left open to visitors from infected countries.

Although Nigeria, in a move that can best be described as belated, has now totally shut all her borders, COVID-19 has crept into the country like a thief in the night and the cases are rising by the day. It is therefore not surprising that after the index case involving a French national who is now discharged, the reported cases has reached 42 as at press time.

At this point, it is no exaggeration to assume that the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria far exceeds the officially reported cases. In a country without a reliable data base and where alternative medicine still very much holds sway, it becomes almost impossible to track all suspected or possible cases of COVID-19. And as many cases continue to fly under the radar, the risk of spreading the dangerous virus becomes unimaginably high.

Apart from the above factors, religious superstition and ignorance will also stand as possible hindrances to the curtailment of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Even at this critical stage, there are still religious leaders who publicly tell their blind followers that coronavirus is a scam, that it can never come their way as long as they carry the "anointing".

So, we see people disregarding health precautions all because they believe that their body system is immuned to the deadly virus. Unfortunately, these toxic beliefs will continue to unsuspectingly aid the transmission of the novel virus.

Beyond these challenges, however, there are also evidence to suggest that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is already overwhelmed by contact tracing and the provision of health care for infected persons. To this very moment, there are only few hospitals across the country that are well equipped to handle the foreseeable outbreak of the rampaging virus.

To even make matters worse, there is a foreseeable shortage of manpower to tackle the pandemic. Nigeria is not alone in this regard. Therefore, we must make use of the resources within our disposal. Our student doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, microbiologists, etc should be trained, equipped, motivated and recruited as ad hoc staff to help fight this national war against the novel coronavirus.

Going forward, there is an urgent need for the Nigerian government to declare a nationwide sit-at-home for at least a period of two weeks. This will give enough room for people to show symptoms and get medical attention, so that the the spread of the virus can come under control.

But even the lock down will create more problems if the government of the day does not make provision for at least those leaving in abject poverty. For this people, COVID-19 poses a far lesser threat to their lives when contrasted with the stark hunger that confront them everyday. To this category of the citizens must the government make their priority during the declared lockdown.

Clearly, this is not the time to give false hope to the masses or make empty promises, rather it is a time to be blunt and frank and pragmatic. It is a time to take the bull by the horn to avoid making the mistake of Italy and the disastrous consequences that come with it.

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I believe reading between the lines, we can predict the number of cases will explode there.

Yes that is likely to be the case due to the carelessness of the political class. Thanks for stopping by.

The outbreak is going to be worse for lots of African countries because of the level of hunger present there. If everyone in these regions will have to stay indoor, then i wonder how they are going to survive.

The outbreak is going to be worse for lots of African countries because of the level of hunger present there. If everyone in these regions will have to stay indoor, then i wonder how they are going to survive.

Dear @ajewa I sincerely do share your fears and can only hope for a miracle to avert the impending crises. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi @gandhibaba
I am very sorry to read this bad news as I have also regretted that this Chinese virus is causing many deaths around the world.

In Venezuela we also have deaths from this Chinese virus.

Saludos

Thanks for sending these kind words @lanzjoseg. Please stay safe there too. This pandemic too will soon pass.

The spread of the virus is really alarming and it is even more scary because majority of the African nations lack the required facilities to even handle the issue at hand.

Only a miracle can avert the looming crises. It's sad but that's the truth.

How bad is it in Nigeria right now @gandhibaba?

I'm actually terrified to be staying in europe. Luckily I'm not from US - they will suffer more than anyone else :/

It's just 89 cases and just 1 death but disaster appears to be imminent because of the unpreparedness of the government of the day. Only a miracle can avert the looming crises, so it seems. I hope Europe gets over it soon. Regards.

It's just 89 cases and just 1 death but disaster appears to be imminent because of the unpreparedness of the government of the day. Only a miracle can avert the looming crises, so it seems. I hope Europe gets over it soon. Regards.

@crypto.piotr. Thanks for the support and also @project.hope as well. I saw the Juicy 😉😏

I have a deep respect for people who have strong faith, perhaps because I do not, but I am also quite afraid of them because they are often irrational and I have no idea what madness they are capable of. The fact that a virus is not going to reach you through a magical object or a magical-religious ritual, can lead to an increase in cases and deaths.

I am sorry to hear about the delayed reaction in the actions of the government, unfortunately that has also happened in various parts of the world and has shown terrible consequences, I think that even if the government acts, but the population does not collaborate, well then things They are not going to go well, I have for this the example of Italy, Spain and the United States of America.

Take great care and try to comply with the protection measures, it is what we can do as long as there is no effective medicine against this disease.