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COVID 19:Fear Grip Residents Of Lagos, Mustapha Cries Out Over Lack Of Bed Space In isolation and Treatment Centers

By Stephen Ubanna

The Presidential phased easing of the one month lock down in the country’s two major cities of Lagos and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory , FCT,  including Ogun, because of its proximity to Lagos, starting from Monday, May 4, 2020, appears to have exposed  more  carriers of the Wuhan Town in hebei Province of China emerged Coronavirus, popular COVID 19, in Lagos state. This has thrown residents of the state into total confusion and fear.

From 3,526 infected persons across the country  with Lagos alone producing 183 patients on Thursday, May 8, 2020, Sanwo Olu, had projected that before the end of July this year, the number of COVID patients across the country may  hit 120,000. Recall that he had said last Tuesday that there are 3,000 samples that are  awaiting  to be tested in the state.

Perhaps, the testing of the cases may have confirmed many of  them to  be carriers of the disease which had pushed up the Saturday, 9,  infected patients  to 386 , thus bringing the total figure to 3,912 in the country.  The figure was part of the 4,029,543 , the WHO , had reported contacted the Coronavirus PANDEMIC, ON May 9, 2020. The  United Nations , UN, health agency reports that 1,349,289, had recovered , leaving 2,538,770 still ill. The agency had confirmed 276,484 dead from the disease.

Babajide Sawan-Olu: Governor of Lagos state

 Note that  Lagos remain the epicenter of the disease, as the Nigerian Center for Disease and Control, NCDC, under the close watch of Chikwe Ihekweazu ,had  tweeted that the state  produced 176 patients, Kano, 65 while  Katsina, President Muhammadu Buhari,  home state, had 35 confirmed cases among the 3,912, discovered  new cases.

 Recall that Bello Massari, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives  and now governor of the state  had ordered a total  locked down  Malumfashi local government  over the discovery of Coronavirus cases in the local government Area  on Thursday May 7, 2020, to curb the spread of the disease in the state.

 He had earlier shut down  Dtstsinma and Daura local governments including some  major weekly markets in the state . The markets are those of  Maidua,Mashi, Charanchi, Jibia, Dtsinma, Batsari, Kafur, Scheme, Dandume,  Zango, and Danja. Others were Bakori, Kaita, Kagadama and Dankama but that was how far he could go.

Many believe that the COVID 19 cases in the north western states of Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto and Katsina, are growing at the same speed with  the neighbouring country of Benin Republic despite the border closure across the country, fueling speculations that the Beniniose carriers are the ones spreading the disease in the region.

Prof.TasukuHonjo: COVID 19 Is Man Made

 

Medical experts  believe that Nigeria is now almost  in the same category  with Cyril Ramaphosa and Chairman of African Union ,AU, home country, South Africa, which has 8,895 confirmed COVID 19 cases since the  disease became a global problem  and the North African countries of  Egypt, 8,476,Morocco, 5,711,Algeria and 5,369.

The  African countries  that may  not have witnessed an explosion of the deadly disease , according to the Medical experts,  are the Central African country of Cameroon, which has 2,267 cases, Guinea, 2,009, Cote de’Ivoire, 1,062, Senegal,1,551, Sudan, 1,111,, Tunisia 1,031, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, 937,Niger, 795, and Burkina Faso, 774 patients.

Of  the countries that share boundaries with Nigeria, only   Benin Republic going by the WHO records,  had  242 cases, which is a good news to Patrick Talon, the Country’s President as he was said to be managing the health Crisis  with  the country’s  meager resources, foreign donations and the International Monetary Fund, IMF,  Financial support.

In tackling the disease, which Tasuku Honjo, a Nobel Laureate and  Japanese Professor of Physiology had said was not ‘’natural but manufactured in China’’, the IMF, had thrown its financial weight on Nigeria by approving the $3.4 billion loan facility  requested  by the government  to be repaid in the next five years.

 Aliko Dangote, President of the Dangote Group of Companies had mobilised the operators in the nation’s private  to support the government efforts  in the fight against the disease. The sector alone, according to Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF,  on COVID 19, and Secretary of the government of the Federation  had said that the group  had raised N25 billion for the government.

Some of the individuals and Corporate Organisations were said to have gone a step further to provide Treatment  and Laboratory Centers/facilities for the government. The Katsina born  Nigerian  President  in expressing his appreciations  to the public spirited Individuals and Organisations had cited two business moguls,  Dangote and Abdulsamad Rabiu for their support.

 He was said to have also cited  Gurantee Trust Bank, popular, GTB, Thisday Newspapers and Partners among others. Recall that  Tony Elumelu, founder of Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman, UBA, plc, a pan African  Bank, had made an  individual contribution of N1 billion to the COVID19, Fund . The Bank was said to have also made its corporate Contribution to the Fund as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease in the country.

Mustapha: Chairman, PTF On COVID 19

But the President had said that records obtained  from  the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation also showed  lodgments from 111 Individuals and Organisations into the COVID 19 Eradications Support Accounts in  five designated Banks in the country between April 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020, to have reached  N697,538,108.00.

According to him, the lodgments  consists  of small payments  of between N5.00 , N10.00 to N20.00 by Individuals, noting that the  Dantata Group and Property alone, made ‘’a huge contribution of N200m,  Ocean Trust, N100m, NSTF,N25m, Ebele and Anyichuks,N20m, and Nizamiya Hospital, Abuja,  N15m. Another  lodgment that was said to have been quoted by the President  was that of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship N10 m. This is in addition to the N10m lodgment made  by  the Association of Bureau DeÇhange , BDC, among others.

This may have informed  why he had called  on other privileged Nigerians  and Corporate Organisations to emulate  these laudable gestures, stressing that all assistance are welcome , big and small. ‘ The spirit behind the contributions is salutary’’, he remarked.

Meanwhile the Mustaha led COVID 19, PTF,  had  rolled  new measures  on how to further  contain the spread of the disease in country  and manage the people’s health and its impact on the economy. Part of the measures is the strict enforcement of the inter-state travel restrictions to curb the Community transmission of the disease. Mustapha, according to sources, is serious about curtailing the inter-state travels for now that he has met with the heads of other security agencies with his PTF Team to  discuss the issue. 

 The strict ban on the  inter-state travels  may have become necessary as the COVID19 PTF boss had cried out that the Isolation  and treatment centers  across the country, particular , the ones in Lagos, are running out of bed spaces which he had described as  worrisome, insisting  that  the country  need improved testing capacity to save the situation from degenerating.        

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