Medical expect warns against infection rate as Nigerian's Shun covid protocols at the year celebration fun spots
Medical experts have advised that Nigeria risks a farther swell in COVID-19 cases following complete casualness for safety protocols at crowded delightful spots, including strands, during the New Year fests.
Famed virologists, who spoke to our reporters in separate interviews, abused state and civil governments for not administering safety rules and bringing violators to bespeak.
The experts said this as the Federal Government said it distributed COVID-19 test accoutrements in the last week as the rate of recovery from the contagion dropped by 73.2 per cent.
On Sunday, strands in Lagos including the bones at Oniru, Eleko and Elegushi were crowded with fun campaigners not clinging to safety rules.
Also, contrary to the directive by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, which restricts gatherings at religious centres to 50 per cent, crossover services at most deification centres were full to capacity.
In Lagos, government officers weren't around to apply safety rules at crowded delightful spots and deification centres despite the threat of transmitting COVID-19.
On Monday, a professor of medical virology at the University of Maiduguri, Professor Marycelin Baba; a former Chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians, Professor Tanimola Akande and an associate professor of virology at the Osun State University,Dr. Waheed Sule advised Nigerians that unbridled gatherings at delightful spots, strands andnon-adherence to public health measures would lead to a swell in cases and energy community transmission.
The experts also prognosticated that further individualities would be infected with the Omicron variant due to the high transmissibility of the variant.
Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, Professor Baba stated that the omicron variant could spread briskly than other variants.
She said, “ One thing about the omicron is its capability to spread briskly. This can only mean that further people will come down with the contagion after the testing season. The sad thing is that utmost of them won't know this because they will refuse to get tested.
“ The same set of Nigerians who refuse to follow public health protocols are the same Nigerians who'll also refuse to get vaccinated. Nigerians need to see the need to cleave to these rules, from now, we will probably witness a huge swell in cases and utmost of those cases would be traced to the gleeful seasons especially when people start to travel back to their separate bases.
The former president, Association of Public health Physicians of Nigeria, Akande in a separate interview with The PUNCH agreed with Professor Baba. He said, “ It does have an recrimination. We know that Omicron spreads faster than the other variants. The whole world has been cautious of the vacation period because of a lot of trip and fun. The number of people that will come down with omicron will be so numerous.
“ The stylish thing is to cleave to instructions. We should have been used to these instructions. The government needs to test people more because if they test people more, people who are infected will know but because we aren't testing enough, people feel they don't have it hence they go around infecting others. That's the challenge.”
Also, an associate professor of virology, Osun State University,Dr. Sule Waheed, said, “ Disregarding the protocols has counteraccusations. The government can do little to stop people from gathering. It's veritably delicate for the government to apply the protocols because Nigerians will noway hear.
“ We've been hearing news of enforcement but I'm yet to see a case of enforcement or arrest. People should understand that if they can't cleave to the measures also they should stay at home.”
We should anticipate farther swell any moment from now – Virologist
On his part, a medical virologist at the Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State,Dr. Kolawole Oladipo, said the neglect of COVID-19 protocols by Nigerians would lead to further swell.
Oladipo, in an interview with one of our reporters on Monday, said it was unfortunate that numerous Nigerians had neglected thenon-pharmaceutical preventative measures.
“ Actually, we should anticipate further swell any moment from now, Nigerians aren't taking COVID-19 seriously presently. They've neglected all forms ofnon-pharmaceutical preventative measures. This isn't too good for our health system.
“ Although, I anticipated the securities agencies to apply the law on the general crowd as it was directed by the chairman last time. There's a need for a goat for individualities, establishments, and organisations. There's also a need to set up a task force for this enforcement,” he said.
Also, the Chairman of the Ondo StateInter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Professor Adesegun Fatusi, in an interview with one of our reporters, said the defiance to COVID-19 protocols would worsen the spread of the contagion.
He said, “ This pattern of geste is a peril to us all as it further increases the eventuality for community spread. This pattern may also contribute to the emergence of new strains. It's unfortunate that a lot of Nigerians have chosen this careless way of geste. This can further worsen the threat of the spread of COVID-19 and its burden.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said that the country has begun to witness a drop in the recovery rate of the coronavirus complaint.
The centre also said it distributed testing accoutrements across the confederation in the last bone week as part of its review of the ongoing public COVID-19 testing strategy.
This was bared in the daily epidemiological report published by the NCDC and attained by one of our reporters in Abuja.
According to the data, while the number of verified cases had continued to increase on a daily base, there was a drop in the number of reclamations as the NCDC indicated that, ‘’ In Week 51, the number of discharged cases dropped to from in week 50, There were 37 deaths reported in the last bone week. Analysis of the recovery figure had signified a73.2 percent drop in recovery rate.
As regards the positivity rate of trippers, the NCDC noted that there had been a significant increase in the number of positive trippers. It said, ‘’ In Week 51, the number of inbound transnational trippers tested was of which 668 (7.1) were positive compared to 522 (6.3) (out of tested) in week 50.
“ In Week 51, the number of outbound transnational trippers tested was of which (18.2) were positive compared to (17.4) (out of tested) in week 50. Total of which amounted to passengers in one week compared to the former week when passengers tested positive.
As regards its COVID-19 response, the NCDC said, “ Ongoing review and update of the National COVID-19 testing strategy, Ongoing distribution of RDT Accoutrements to the 36 Countries for increased testing, Bestowed 1250 and 1000 RDT Accoutrements to the National Assembly clinic and National Primary Health Care Development Agency independently.
“ Ongoing distribution of RDT accoutrements to Lagos State Biobank Laboratory, Central Public Health Laboratory, Yaba and Centre for Disease Control, Distributed Laboratory consumables, PPE, and IPC goods to all 36 countries ministries of health and tertiary health care installations including the FCT in the month of December”.