By Steve Aborishade
As we finally crossed the 1,000 case mark, we have realized that:
- Our skin colour proved not to be an insulator to the virus.
- Covid-19 is not a big man’s disease.
- Covid-19 is as well fertile in temperate and hot climates.
- There is no known cure for the pandemic.
- Community infection has set in with traction.
- Nigeria has successfully managed and discharged a total of 210 patients, we can do more.
- Our mortality count stood at 33, a big plus.
- From a meager 42 cases a month ago, we have now crossed the 1000 mark with 1,095 cases confirmed – this is where we should worry.
- Total tests conducted is less than 10,000 – Nigerians have accused the NCDC of not testing enough, the NCDC on its part has also said people are not turning out as expected in some designated testing centres. Testing remains one of the minuses of our intervention.
- Lockdown came into active effect – but we may not have maximised its gains.
- Miracle healing ceased completely in Nigeria for a month! Hallelujah.
- Serious clamour for lifting of restrictions on movement – clearest indication of failures of successive governments in Nigeria to lift the people out of extreme poverty.
- Billions of naira are said to have been given to poor households – consistent with our outlook on corruption.
- Nose masks also became a fashion statement to show ‘I better pass my neighbour’ – an indication of how we take this with levity.
- Some Nigerians are yet to believe Covid-19 is real – ignorance remains a key challenge.
- Carrots, amala & ewedu, black seed etc came to be known as ‘effective’ Covid-19 therapies.
- 5G has no connection with Covid-19.
- Security forces may have killed as much as Covid-19 in same period.
- A section of the Nigerian Police showed us how humane they can be.
- We have a chance to moderate the impact of Covid-19 if we act and, play our part now to halt new infections.
22: Social distancing works, wearing nose mask in public places where we cannot maintain enough social distance may limit our chances of getting infected; constant hand washing with soap and water is advised, while we should not touch our faces with dirty hands.
- We need to pray to God to help us.