Coronavirus is slowly but steadily gaining a foothold in Nigeria, bringing to reality fears the country’s that the country’s weak health systems cannot withstand a larger outbreak.
With coronavirus,reality is upon us. Nigeria healthcare is unhealthy but instead of fixing it our leaders have been busy flying from one place to another to benefit from other countries health system.
Now the reality is upon us, no more traveling overseas for medical check up. Our leaders can no longer travel to the UK or India for check up because even these countries are also hanging on their last breath, battling to survive the Covid 19 pandemic.
Coronavirus is exposing the insensetivity of our leaders to things that matter most to us. That Nigerians are disobeying the government’s safety advice on Coronado is a clear reflection of citizens’ mistrust for their leaders.
Covid 19 which is now an equal opportunity killer, has bought the effect of the age-long neglect of the health sector in Nigeria. It is hoped that the government are now alert to the poor state of the health sector.
Now that covid 19 is in Nigeria we need to face it with all we have. But the question is: Can we?
The Nigeria centre for disease control (NCDC) is now the country only hope. Many Nigerians have been calling the NCDC hotline to criticize them on not testing enough people. But the fact is we should face the music and not the dancer. NCDC is crippled and not well equipped to fight against the covid 19 pandemic.
With the presence of covide19 in Nigeria, being unwell evokes empathy but today being unwell evokes fear. The fear of coronavirus? No! It is the fear of not having access to the care the citizens need,the fear of absence of ventilators, the fear of a broken health system. It is the fear of death.
Officially, Nigerian gravely lack sufficient professional hands to render health services to its teaming population.
Nigeria ratio of doctors to patients is about eight times below the world health organisation (WHO)’S recommendations of one doctor to 600 patients
The available ones are over worked and poorly paid and work in facilities that lack basic equipment that will enable effective service delivery.
Nigeria is now rushing to reinforce containment measures and considering several emergency options knowing that her fragile health system will be swiftly overwhelmed if the disease spreads beyond a small number of cases.
Now it is time for Nigeria to confront its healthcare crisis before it becomes late.
The Nigerians government must accept it’s failure. Our political leaders must brace up to their responsibility and seriously work on the problem their greediness has bought to Nigeria.
This is the time to invest in a result oriented healthcare system. Health is wealth as the saying goes. A good healthcare system is the foundation and pride of a nation.
However, it seems all the focus on healthcare has gone to covid 19 while other health needs of the population are being given much less attention. In fact, healthcare in Nigeria, in the time of coronavirus seems to be depreciating on several fronts.
Coronavirus in a positive way is a wake up call for the government at all levels and the private sector to improve our healthcare system.
If we survive Covid 19 pandemic,we need to consider a law to restrict all public officials from seeking medical care abroad. It may be perceived as a strict law, but will save future generations since we don’t know the pandemic that will come next and when.
So let’s every Nigerians be given a chance to live and not a chance to die.