As we all can see from Nigerian COVID-19 figures, our peak has not been reached and we can’t even begin talking about flattening the curve. The figures keep rolling in. Numbers to you, real human beings being managed by health care workers. Some people are lucky and get well. Few are not so lucky.
For every family that has experienced death from COVID-19, it’s a deadly disease. Now, that exactly is my point. If a disease can kill and has killed and is killing, why the nonchalance? Why the falsehood being peddled about it being a scam? Why the ridiculous preaching that if it goes through the nose, then it must go through the ears? Do you, the preacher breathe through your ears?
I am amazed that people believe all these falsehood. People even doubt COVID-19 survivors who have made videos. Why not satisfy yourself and visit an isolation centre? Go there and see for yourself. Don’t be carried there when you become positive.
This is a call to all of us to be responsible citizens. Stop the nonchalance; stop preaching nonsense about COVID-19 because you don’t know; the claims of COVID-19 in the fart of a preacher presupposes you are an idiot.
I expect better from preachers who have been peddling 5G, scam, fraud and other idiotic stuff. Nigerians respect religious leaders and we expect you to be role models.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and it means you inhale it. Obey health care workers’ advice to always wear a face mask in public or when meeting someone. In addition, maintain a physical distance of not less than twice your arm span between you and someone.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitiser frequently. Don’t touch surfaces like tables and rails in public. Wash door handles and frequently touched surfaces regularly in your home. This is the responsible way of living with the novel Coronavirus.
Progress is being made in the search for treatment and vaccine. Thanks to the fact that COVID-19 visited the West before coming to Africa. Until these become available and accessible, be responsible for you and your loved ones. Stay safe.
Prof. Aishat Gobir is the Head of the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin
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