252 views | Dr. Biodun Ogungbo | March 23, 2020
This is a whisper into the ears of government and government officials including our dear esteemed politicians. We hope this is loud enough to hear and that it resounds between your ears.
Many people are currently dying in Europe, in pain, alone and unsung by family and friends. This is due to the Corona Virus ravaging nations all over the world. Especially, those countries who have not prepared! Unfortunately, our turn is coming and upon us.
In Europe and especially in Italy, the virus has claimed thousands of lives, of mostly elderly people. You see, Italy has a high number of elderly folk because the people have a good healthcare system and lead a happy long -life. The average life expectancy in Italy is 82 years as compared to 52 in Nigeria. Sadly, Nigeria has more money and more natural resources than Italy.
The money has not been used to develop our healthcare industry.
So, here we are in need of health. We have a pandemic to fight and we have both hands tied behind our backs! Many years ago, we heard that a portable ventilator was bought in anticipation that it would be used for a big shot. The person died before returning to Nigeria; so the ventilator was returned and someone pocketed the money.
As if no one else would benefit from it!
In truth, when Governor Danbaba Suntai needed a portable ventilator after his head injury, there was none! The poor man may have had a better outcome from his injury, who knows? Right now, we have closed the hotels, shopping malls, plazas, mosques and churches with marble and golden decorations that the rich keep building. We need hospitals we have not built or supported. We need a well-staffed, well-equipped healthcare system with an emergency number and an ambulance service that works.
We need all our Nigerian doctors and nurses including those forced to go abroad or become farmers. Perhaps we should ask our Former Minister of Health and The Minister of Labour and Employment: Where are thou? Will you come to the front-line to help us fight Covid-19?
Anyway, this is not the time to gamble.
*Getting ready for battle*
First, you need your best Generals and war veterans involved in the battle with this pandemic. Therefore, having a lawyer lead the effort with the Presidential Task Force is somehow. Where are our Epidemiologists and Infectious disease experts? Do we have any? Or are they all in Dubai and Saudi Arabia?
What about the Minister of Health? He should be in the trenches coordinating the resources and preparing all government hospitals and private establishments for the massive influx of loved ones, friends, families and neighbours that this virus will affect. We are not seeing much preparedness on the ground.
Good old America is running out of facemasks and personal protection equipment for its medical staff. Nigerian medical staffs are running away from patients in our hospitals. It is now on record that the lady who died in Enugu was sent away from one hospital and abandoned in another!
Who can blame the doctors and nurses? Dr. Stella Adadevoh gave her life during the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria and we are still fighting for national recognition and recompense for her sacrifice.
If this virus takes hold in Nigeria!
If the statistics of what is happening elsewhere is our reality! Our mortuaries will not be able to cope with the expected number of deaths as blood runs all over the land. We are already playing chicken with the lives of Nigerians including, of course, thank God, the lives of our esteemed ‘politicians’. Since all borders are closing and there is nowhere to go, everyone will have to use our dilapidated healthcare facilities.
Your ‘ýansh’ is now exposed for all to witness!