By Roland Bayode
The drifting battle against the eruption of the endless coronavirus disease is no longer a green transmission in Nigeria.
The disease which officially kickoff in our axis earlier last year has done some fierce traumas which have left some households and hearts shattered. However, some stakeholders in Nigeria have to assert well enough that the only lasting solution to further prevent or stop this menace from reoccurring is having an accountable Government that will do not only do the right thing but put the right people in their cabinet to effect the needed change in our system unlike a stiff politics of comprehensive plenitude.
Issues were raised on frittering spending often done by the top government officials in our society, the stakeholders, therefore, concurred that the consequential fallout of their spending will never make way for substantial development in our health sector.
Professor Olubunmi Alo; A professor of Medical Sociology from Adekunke Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, Ondo State express in an exclusive interview that he has not seen any significant improvement that could or would combat yet another outbreak in times to come. He said… “As of now, I have not seen an improvement in our Health sector because the budgetary allocation to the Health sector is still the same thing that was allocated in 2019. The medical doctors as I talk to you now, If they are not on strike, they are getting ready to strike, so where is the improvement?”
He narrates an ordeal that “In about February or March, What we have expected a responsible Government at all level is to implement the shut down of all the International airports. We didn’t do that until it got so bad before they start talking about shutting down. The shut down was of no effect as far as I’m concerned when we already have it virtually in all the state, I would have expected the leadership to shut all exits both
land, air, and water by December or January before the index case came in.”
When asked about the lesson learned so far from the Covid-19 pandemic experience, he reveals that “A few millionaires have been added to the group of billionaire, and some individuals too have lost their lives, but unfortunately the ones we read about from the Newspaper were those of high profile personality, whereas so many other people died without being announced or diagnosing what killed them.”
He further discloses that the type of synergy that was put to combat Ebola then was not what was seen when Corona Virus came in. “As at when Ebola came, we fought like a united army and kept Ebola away but when Corona came, instead of them to do like they did for Ebola, there was division and they got widened because some people were feeding facts from it, so many billionaire have emerged from it, and so many people still prays that it doesn’t go because if it goes, it would have cut their livelihood.”
The prof later unveils that going to public sanitariums should not be an option for those that want to survive life. “If anybody is sick and goes to public hospitals, the person has just gone to prepare his coffin. Particularly in Ondo State now, the doctors are on strike, they will tell you that there is no oxygen and that is where oxygen got exhausted along the line, that’s where the light goes off in between operation which never happens in another planet.”
He concluded that politicians must have recourse to change their mentality and system of operation. “As it is now, political appointments in Nigeria are done on party affiliation and not on competence, hence they do the same thing, the same way, and expect different results? It has been the same way all along, let us for once make a paradise shift from what it used to be to what is supposed to be.”