Nigerians have been advised not to disregard the non-pharmaceutical
precautionary measures against COVID-19 infection transmission.
Health experts gave the advice in Lagos during the day two of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce biannual conference in Victoria Island with the sub-theme: “Healthcare in Nigeria: Beyond The Crisis”crisis”
In a panel discussion, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi who pointed out that though Covid-19 is not over but the crisis should be over, said since Lagosians in particular and Nigerians in general have
lived through 4 waves of the pandemic in the last 2years, we should be in a position to understand the dynamics of the virus and how to manage it.
Prof Abayomi however emphasized that Nigerians should constantly be reminded of the need not to let down their guards, while government should ramp up vaccination and continue to ensure that the economy is open for people to pursue their livelihoods while keeping healthy.
“Let’s be careful to understand that we are not immune to the infection, but we seem to be resistant to the severe complication of the infection which causes death, during the Delta wave which was out 3rd wave, we saw a lot of people in Lagos, suffering respiratory failure and all our isolation centres were jam-packed with people gasping for breath and if we didn’t step up our oxygen game, thousands of Lagosians would have died” Prof Abayomi stressed.
He pointed out that many Lagosians infected during the Delta wave recovered due to the preparations made ahead for oxygen
Another discussant, Dr Debo Odulana highlighted the need for a behavioural change among Nigerians when it comes to health issues which may ultimately affect the economy.
“In private practice for example, I’ve seen a lot of people frequently, that would come in with a typical infection, they will still not want to do the covid test, obviously maybe because of cost, quite a lot of people will just shrug it off and convince themselves that it is malaria” he said
Other discussants, including Dr Yemi Johnson, and the Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa agreed that Nigeria and indeed the African Continent remains vulnerable and open to the COVID virus and it’s various mutations.
Earlier at the opening of the conference, economic experts unanimously agreed that technology and digitalization is now a means to achieving productivity, sustainability, growth, and development as economies and businesses make a rebound post-pandemic.
NBCC President, Mrs Bisi Adeyemi, had at the opening of the conference pointed out that in line with the new normal, the use of technology in driving productivity has become imperative and is reflective of the current realities driven by the covid-19 pandemic.
The two day trade and exhibition conference which is the maiden edition, themed “Fast-tracking productivity leveraging technology” was widely attended in person and virtually.