As the world continue to groan under the weight of pressure from COVID-19 effects, Sub – Sahara African countries are emerging as medical power house in the fight against the pandemic disease that is giving the medical circle a run for their money.
In Nigeria, different reception has greeted the emergence of the disease on one side, some state governor’s proactive moves have started yielding results with some now battling to save face while on the other, citizens are pitched between religious activities or lockdown or the existence and non- existence of the virus.
The state of Lagos fall into the category of states that have made proactive moves to curb the spread and eventual eradication of the disease through provision of isolation centres, distribution of face masks and public orientation on social distancing among others.
Having put all these in place, why then is the number of COVID-19 cases in Lagos increasing?
One of the possible reason is non-disclosure of symptoms by COVID-19 carrier. Several cases have been recorded at LUTH, Lagos, LASUTH where Carrier only when their case became positive or test revealed their COVID-19 status. This cover up has exposed many medical personnel, the general public un necessarily before the case was detected. In most cases, contact tracing came through late as it would have spread to second or third person transmission. Stigmatization, which has been pointed as reason for the earlier devow is now being centered by the state government with state – wide sensitization.
Inadequate personal protective equipment at the early stage of combating the disease exposed medical health workers to the disease. Nationwide, one hundred and thirteen health workers representing 5.21% of total cases in Nigeria 2,170 have tested positive to the virus. This trend thing has improve drastically, especially in lagos, preventive measures are never enough.
Bed space is presently competing with number of active cases. Report recently suggest that that suspected cases we’re turned back due to lack of bed space at governance isolation Centre at Yaba. The state government laudable efforts may be hampered by this development. Where will turn down suspected cases go, who will they mingle with?
Already, many general hospital in lagos have high standards as without much cost can be converted to isolation centres. These will bring isolation centres and COVID-19 treatment closer to the people as well as increase the number of bed space in the state.
Effective lock-down should be mandatory in lagos. Borders leading in and out of the state should be closed to curb movement larger and possible spread of the virus in the state. Security agencies need to be up and accounted for. Bribe and kickbacks twants government efforts and the country fight to win the COVID-19 war. General public should make use of face masks. Report suggest that face mask usage protect livelihood of infection up to 90% hence it performance.
Continuous lock-down is no doubt destroying the economy, with no feasible income, companies are looking at alternatives to cut cost, small and medium entrepreneur business are having difficult times staying in business while daily businesses are dead a day after lockdown was announced.
To give succor to the populace, palliatives were promised but lack of adequate data are identification system were sighted as one of the reasons this could not be achieved. Two weeks into lock-down, while citizens cry out due yo hunger, increase in crime rate we’re witnessed across the state.
To revive the economy however, federal and state government have rolled out plans to reopen the economy with some essential services ( both in informal and formal sectors) open for some hours.
It’s high time that all Lagosians work hand in hand in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in lagos state and the world at large.