COVID-19: Don’t mock FGN’s restriction order, don’t be like Makinde, Jingir – Alkali

The Periscope reporter

I have watched a video of Gov. Seyi Makinde mocking FGN’s efforts to contain the coronavirus epidemic. Now that he has the virus and is in isolation, Makinde has enough time for reflection. I don’t feel sorry for him or for other Nigerians who defied commonsense to attend the PDP rally he hosted in Ibadan.

Same with Sheikh Jingir, who held Friday prayers in defiance of government orders and the advise of Jama’atul Nasril Islam and NSCIA, the two foremost Islamic authorities in Nigeria. Sheikh has reportedly made a U-turn, but his action could have sparked riots in Jos, beside the needless exposure of Muslims to Covid-19.

Yes, Covid-19 is not a death sentence, as less than 5% have died among those infected. But there is the problem. Among the 805,377 people infected worldwide as I write this, over 593,000 are awaiting an outcome, which could be death or recovery. Of the 211,905 cases with clear outcomes, 39, 469 have died, meaning fatality rate is 19% (or 1 out of every 5 victims).

Such a disease is not a joke, especially for elderly people and even young people suffering other diseases like asthma, diabetes, etc. In fact, no one is safe, as infants, children and youths have all died from Covid-19, so the earlier you take precautions, the better for you and your family.

Don’t be like Gov. Makinde, don’t be like Sheikh Jingir. Protectyand your loved ones by observing social distancing, maintaining good hygiene with soap and hand sanitizers, and presenting to hospital if you have had contact with known Covid-19 victims.

Dr. Nura Alkali wrote


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