Corona Virus’ Visit To Nigeria – Our Defences, Supposed Victory And What I Think.
Ayinla Daniel. RN, Rctn.
We are forced to ask how prepared we are this time around, a question that must be thrown to the ministry of health in Nigeria, an enquiry that serious health care practitioners like my self and your self should raise, harassing the leadership of our health sector – healthy harassment though.
We saw what happened during Ebola’s visit and also what transpired when it’s cousin Lassa Fever also decided to pay us a visit [though there are still isolated cases].
I was working in a general hospital in Abuja when the “Lassa fever campaign” was going on and I was privileged to have been actively involved in the care of a patient who was suspected to have Lassa fever – he was later confirmed to have the disease and this confirmation came much later, well, unfortunately, we were nursing this fellow in a general ward (a male ward) and by that time, he already had some hallmark symptoms like; bloodshot eyes, fever and blood-red urine.
Yet, poor us (the Nurses & Doctors) were made to nurse him, with our latex gloves and face masks, when were we even provided with personal protectives? pathetic.
It was after this incident that the hospital was forced to carve out an isolation cubicle from the edifice of the main ward.
To cut the long story short, we were all immediately placed on prophylactic doses of Ribavirin an effort I commend [may be medicine after small death].
A situation more violent and deadly is upon us! This is not Lassa fever or Ebola.
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What About Today?
Now, let us talk about today. A more terrible virus is in town and it’s dealing horribly with countries more developed than ours. How does that sound? So far, we have only as reported by the ministry of health two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria [as at writing this article].
Do you think we should be worried at all? Well, I think we should be worried, very worried, simply because we may not be sufficiently prepared to deal with an outbreak.
The virus is now a pandemic, which is frightening and the rate at which it is spreading is alarming, though we are glad about the good news we hear of victory – people recovering and the development of a possible vaccine.
Is Nigeria ready to deal with the Coronavirus if it should suddenly invade us? What do you think?
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What I think:
I have advice for us today. Admonishments for our leadership.
• Prepare your soldiers for battle: Now is not the time to favour one cadre over the other, this is war! On the battlefield, nobody cares if you are a Lieutenant or a General, we are all fighting to save lives.
When the war is over, we may now return to our primitive ways of doing things in the aspects of hierarchy, who has spent more years in school studying, who should be paid this or paid that.
This pandemic should teach us all lessons – the world and developing countries, Nigeria in particular, that we must pay ‘closest’ attention to the things that matter. God has been so good to us, He showed us great mercy. Come to think of it; if the virus had suddenly hit us! In our primitive state, not giving us enough time to start building emergency isolation centres, gathering relief funds and materials, what do you think our story would look like? Well, you can imagine.
How do you prepare these soldiers? Make them happy. If the pandemic should hit us hard, really hard, many will certainly die, from both camps, civilians and non-civilians, no one is exempted.
So, make the fighters happy, compensate them, the leaders who wallow in unimaginable opulence should take into consideration the soldiers fighting, besides, this virus seems to have more affinity for those who can afford to pay for flight tickets.
• Prepare your facilities: We have refused for a long time to pay attention to our health facilities, now see where we are, a country as rich and as big as Nigeria does not have enough mechanical ventilators.
We are aware of the problem of inadequate PPE’s, it seems to be or is worldwide, due to the sudden surge in demand, even toilet paper is now a scarce item in many countries (some stores limit the number of rolls a buyer can purchase. The rise of the toilet roll).
But ours should not be like that, we are better positioned to be on the defensive since the pandemic has not attacked us unawares.
• Make Use of Big Data: Complex and sophisticated, yet data plays a very important part in the fight against this pandemic. “How does it?” You may ask, well, one vital aspect is in contact tracing.
• This One-size-fits-all approach needs adjustments: I read an article late last month, and it had in it so much sense, in summary, the article tried to open our eyes to the defects present in this method of preventing the spread of the pandemic – social distancing.
How do you want countries, developing countries to shut down their economies? Developed countries are better prepared for a situation like this, but not Africa. We do not know how long this pandemic will linger among us, but something is certain, if it lingers longer, the fingers of hunger will grow longer, especially among the poor, the poor.
If you are active on Twitter, and you take a look at “Nigeria Twitter Environment ” (don’t mind me, I call it that, because of the biosphere that has Nigerians interacting), you will see that people are not finding the lockdown easy. No one is complaining about lack of money to eat in the United States or Britain, no, these guys can cope, but we, we can’t cope, so the prayer should be simple: let this plague pass quickly!
So, in a nutshell, let us try to tweak this method, make some adjustments, not just to cater for today’s needs, but for the morrow, for the future, most times, I wonder why the more advanced communities try to impose their methods and styles on less advanced ones, it won’t work, those methods are not suited for us, largely due to the nature of our economies, leadership and a host of other factors.
• The Future Of Our Health Care Systems: Are we going to learn? I hope and pray so! The struggle does not end here, it is one that must be taken into the future. If we happen to encounter more disasters in the future, are we going to be able to face them, having learnt from our yesterday lessons?
Will the leadership get serious with our health care system? Will they appreciate the Nurses and Doctors more? Especially the Nurses, the ones who are constantly in contact with the patient/client. Are they going to enjoy more respect in the future?
What Is Statistics Saying?
According to data compiled by John Hopkins University, there are 1,446,557 million confirmed cases worldwide.
As at editing and publishing this article, here are the most recent statistical analysis of how much effect the pandemic has on developed countries in the world and countries in Africa.
Nigeria: So far, there have been 254 confirmed cases in Nigeria, 6 deaths, and 44 recoveries. With an ongoing lockdown, we hope the curve is flattened.
Ghana: In Ghana, there are 313 confirmed cases, 3 recoveries and 6 deaths.
Kenya: Kenya has recorded 179 confirmed cases, 7 recoveries and 6 deaths.
Zimbabwe: 11 confirmed deaths in Zimbabwe, no recoveries and 2 deaths.
Egypt: Egypt currently is among the countries in Africa with the highest number of confirmed cases, after countries like South Africa (1,845 cases) Algeria (1,572 cases) and Morocco (1,275 cases). With 1,560 confirmed cases, 305 recoveries and 103 deaths.
South Africa: South Africa so far has the highest number of recorded confirmed cases on the African continent, with 1,845 cases, 18 deaths and 95 recoveries.
The U.S.A: In the United States of America, according to the Centre For Disease Control, there have been 395,011 confirmed cases, 12,754 deaths and 22,775 recoveries (JHU).
China: China is the epicentre, the origin of this chaos, and there are 234,200 confirmed cases, 116,834 recoveries and 8,944 deaths.
Russia: Russia has recorded 63 deaths, 580 recoveries and 8,672 confirmed cases.
Italy: The records in Italy are frightening, with 139,422 confirmed cases, 26,491 recoveries, and 17,669 deaths.
Spain: Spain also seems to have records that create concerns, with 146,690 confirmed cases, 48,021 recoveries, and a staggering 14,673 deaths.
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Let Us Conclude
In conclusion, some say that we are in the midst of a crossfire between world powers, speculating and arguing that the pandemic is an attack on the greatness of one of the world’s superpowers by a rival superpower.
Well, whatever it is, different theories abound, many have started including the story of the emergence of the novel 5G network as a cause, a thought I find extremely primitive in nature, nonetheless, my agitation still rests on the fact that I so much desire to see that my country, Nigeria, learns from this event, not just my country, but other African countries.
We must begin to understand that the world might not be a very friendly place for us, and it breaks my heart to learn that there may be moves to test a supposed vaccine on Africans. If this turns out to be true (while I pray it is not), then, we may have a very big problem at hand.
Let us hear your idea, send me a direct message here, I would love to hear from you.
Stay safe, we need you to help us make the world a happier and a better place for us and the generations unborn.
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Thank you and one more time, stay safe.
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