COVID-19: Medical expert faults FG on extending partial lockdown, says it’s premature

Medical Director, St Shiloh Hospitals, Sango Otta, Ogun state, Dr Olufunsho Seye, has faulted the Federal Government on its decision to extend the current partial lockdown in the country for another 2 weeks as he described it as premature, adding that it will expose more Nigerians to the deadly COVID-19.

Olufunsho who in a chat with Tribune Online lamented numerous challenges faced by health workers such as lack in reagents for tests, lack of bed spaces in epicentres of the pandemic, especially Lagos, and delay in the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to public and private hospitals, among others, warned that Nigeria could experience more surge in the number of Coronavirus cases.

Yesterday, the chairman of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha announced during the daily briefing of the Taskforce, in Abuja, that the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures would be pursued

The medical expert, condemning further the decision by the Federal Government, clarified that the incidence of the COVID-19 cases has presently gone above 6000, which according to him, “figuratively tilts the epidemiological curve towards an upward spike.

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“The recent revelation by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that the nation lacks bed spaces in Lagos worsens this frightening scenario.

“The confusing situation in the northern part of the country is neither unravelled nor resolved. At the same time, some states continue to live in the delusion of zero COVID-19 incidences.

“The easing of the lockdown even in phases is very premature. Nigeria should learn from her neighbour, Ghana where the same action produced a 100 per cent increase in infection rate in just a week,” Olufunsho added.

 

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