An Abuja-based physician Zainab Suleiman has known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to rethink the comfort of the lockdown amid COVID-19 unfold.
She acknowledged this in an open letter forwarded to Mr President on Could 5, 2020.
The letter reads partly: “I consider you’ll not thoughts my scant courtesy. It’s because of the sense of urgency with which I’m penning this letter. Nonetheless, it doesn’t detract from the very excessive regards that many Nigerians (chief of whom I’m one ) and lots of people globally have for you.
“I contemplate it expedient to put in writing you this letter within the mild of current happenings around the globe and in our nation.
“For the reason that introduction of the Covid-19 pandemic in December 2019, issues have unprecedentedly circled globally, accelerating within the written order.”
On the function performed by the Federal Authorities within the battle towards the pandemic, Suleiman mentioned: “First, I wish to take this chance to commend you and the federal government for the decisive steps taken to curb and handle the unfold of this Covid-19 pandemic.
”I additionally wish to commend you for participating our healthcare suppliers in our nation, and advocate that the Minister for Well being, Dr Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire and the Director Normal for Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu proceed to interact the members of the well being ministry and the general public in a bid to search out lasting options to the hydra-headed monster ravaging us on this attempting time.
“As a involved Nigeria, I’m in settlement along with your evaluation, as indicated in your current press releases, that there are some areas of important focus as we transfer ahead in curbing this pandemic in Nigeria.
”Your Excellency, I’d additionally like us to be abreasted with the banes and penalties that would come up from the current rest of the lockdown throughout the nation.
Allow me to take a cue from international locations like the UK, United States of America, and lots of different international locations which might be at present in some extent of “lockdown,” with eating places and bars, retailers, colleges and gymnasiums closed, and residents required, or not less than strongly inspired, to remain dwelling to keep away from catching or spreading COVID-19, the respiratory sickness brought on by the novel coronavirus,” she added.
On the easing of the lockdown, the physician mentioned: “The current raise of ban of the lockdown in Nigeria goes to trigger the nation and its citizenry extra hurt than the supposed good, the struggling of getting the virus to breed and since populations get combined, there shall be excessive tendencies of infections amongst folks.
We wouldn’t want a prophet to inform us that with the comfort of the lockdown and social distancing measures, we are able to count on excessive contaminated fee and peak mortality in roughly three months.”
In keeping with her; “On this situation, a bigger inhabitants can be contaminated, with folks coming collectively since the general public are asymptomatic to the hydra-headed monster.
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“Lagos state, with a inhabitants estimated at 21 million not too long ago relaxed their lockdown and the impact it had on the folks wasn’t encouraging. Lagosians have been seen trooping in droves to banking halls for one transaction or the opposite.
“It was certainly a stampede. Some have been seen collapsing within the warmth of the stampede and the information making rounds confirmed a person who was allegedly to be having clear-indicating signs of the Coronavirus being carried away by officers of 1 the banks. This mentioned man would have mingled with numerous variety of folks within the crowd earlier than he handed out.
“Different comparable cases have been seen and recorded in Enugu and different states.
“Your Excellency, the suppression, or principally, lockdown, which goals to reverse epidemic progress,
lowering case numbers to low ranges by social distancing the complete inhabitants indefinitely and shutting colleges and most business actions remains to be the surest and solely method to curtail the hydra-headed monster to its barest minimal.
“Third, an intensified public well being response to decelerate and scale back infections must be put in place.
Equally, the necessity for a complete bundle of financial assist measures to help companies and people affected by the pandemic must also be of excessive premium. A programme of elevated social assist to guard poor and susceptible households.
“The main target of my assertion, Mr President, is the second and third areas.
“Mr President, everyone knows that with out a few of these desperately wanted measures for the poor, they may most definitely fall additional into destitution. Many others will most definitely endure job losses on a big scale, with falling incomes and companies closing, this case will merely turn into critically untenable. Our authorities should guarantee meals safety and meals sovereignty by way of a coordinated and protected roll-out of meals packages in food-stressed neighbourhoods; and moreover guarantee free cell knowledge and public web entry, to maintain the general public knowledgeable.
“We should do that not as a result of we’re fearful about poor communities protesting and inflicting havoc on our streets, Mr President, however as a result of that is the best factor to do.
“Your Excellency, I stay assured that as your good authorities considers all choices open to them, this proposal can even obtain the required consideration.
“I wish to take this chance to once more say thanks to you and the crew for a sterling job and for offering the nation with the requisite management on this very attempting time. I additionally wish to agree wholeheartedly along with your sentiments that certainly, we will get well. We will overcome,” she concluded.