APART from our late response to the coronavirus pandemic again in March 2020, the weak capability in our well being system and lacklustre citizen assist by means of the availability of palliatives, Nigeria has usually fared fairly effectively in its response to the scourge.
We commend the Federal Authorities for resisting the temptation to pander to sentiments and probably commit blunders that may have made Nigeria a laughingstock in a world neighborhood struggling towards the pandemic.
In his varied nationwide broadcasts, President Muhammadu Buhari had all the time emphasised that Nigeria would adhere strictly to the rules and methods accredited by the scientists and healthcare professionals in responding to the problem.
The common briefings by the Presidential Process Pressure on COVID-19 has additionally meticulously adopted this strategy in its advocacies.
To a really giant extent, the states (besides Cross River and Kogi which selected to reside in denial) have adopted the identical sample. Even when the Madagascar natural treatment appeared the populist African miracle remedy, and a international head of state introduced samples to Buhari, we resisted the urge to put orders.
We opted to topic the combination to scientific validation. It has turned out that the combination had restricted efficacy. COVID-19 hit Madagascar so exhausting that it began desperately searching for worldwide assist.
We must always keep the identical cool head in the direction of the Russian vaccine, which is the most recent discuss of city. The vaccine, Sputnik V, was introduced by Russian chief, Vladimir Putin, because the worlds first COVID-19 vaccine which has already been deployed towards the countrys heavy caseload.
Towards the background of allegation that the vaccine didn’t full the necessary third section of human trials, we should keep our cool for now. The President of the Nigerian Medical Affiliation, Prof. Anthony Ujah, has suggested that earlier than Sputnik V might be introduced into Nigeria, it ought to be subjected to additional research and analysis.
Nigerians shouldn’t be submitted as COVID-19 vaccine guinea pigs. The necessity for warning is accentuated by the assorted conspiracy theories which have been spawned within the pandemics wake, with Africans and Blacks allegedly focused for strategic depopulation.
Fortunately, there are already dozens of candidate vaccines, a lot of that are within the essential third and remaining trial section. It is just a matter of months earlier than the world might have its decide of protected COVID-19 vaccines.
Nigeria has been lucky to this point in our COVID-19 expertise. After virtually 5 months underneath the scourge, the official variety of individuals who’ve died of the virus stand at 1,007 as of Wednesday. For a rustic over 200 million individuals, that’s low compared with others in related circumstances.
We’re optimistic that the doomsday situation we had feared will stay at bay till foolproof vaccines change into obtainable for everybody.