Too Risky To Ease Lockdown, NGO Tells FG
Castle Noble International friends, a registered health-based Non Governmental organization(NGO) has said the decision of government to relax the lockdown is a dangerous move, considering the long term effects.
This was disclosed by the NGOs president, Mrs Ite Donald during a teleconference recently.
According to her, there seems to be a consensus amongst the states during the one-month lockdown and that helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The 30 days lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic pushed the country into a socioeconomic dilemma and the partial lifting of the lockdown is a risk .
She further explained that the NGO viewed the lockdown measures last month as creation of a “second window of opportunity” and to eradicate the virus, cautioned that early lifting of restriction may cause its resurgence. Similarly, the Club commended the Delta state government for its efforts and measures towards the fight of COVID-19 and called on all States who have introduced so-called “lockdown” measures to use this time to attack the virus.
A Board member, Dr Mustapha Ojo, opined that providing enough palliatives for the vulnerable would help people to cope.
The NGO posited that these measures are the best way to suppress and stop transmission, so that when restrictions are lifted, the virus doesn’t resurge. While warning that the last thing any state needs is to open schools and businesses, only to be forced to close them again due to resurgence.
It was also quick to point out that the Federal government of Nigeria should use the opportunity to train and deploy healthcare and public health workforce, implement a system for community tracing to track every suspected cases, ramp up the production, capacity and availability of testing, identify, adapt and provide facilities needed for treating isolated patients.
The NGO also enjoins it to adapt the Indian model. As India continues to be in a lockdown, its government created 586 dedicated covid-19 facilities (Centre and States) with 1,04, 613 isolation beds and 11, 836 ICU beds to tackle the evolving health crisis.
Adding that further continuation of shutdown may help in tracing more potential cases while saving others from being infected.
“We urge the federal government of Nigeria to evolve ways of assisting states to get required equipment.
If Nigeria had not implemented either containment or states lockdown, the cases growth would have been by 51 per cent and we would have recorded 8.2 covid-19 cases by April 30″.