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By Amie T. Camara
Afrinity Production unveil to you the challenges made known by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Thursday, as he ripped into the attitude of Nigerians, placing the blame for the country’s failure to have halted the escalation of the pandemic in Nigeria.
In an impassioned speech during the briefing of the PTF, Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said everything was put in place to stop the pandemic from spreading as much as it has in the country. The only thing missing was the right attitude.
“Our biggest challenge has been the attitude of Nigeria; that is our biggest challenge,” he said, reflecting on the fact that confirmed cases in the country have exceeded 50,000 with the death toll just 15 cases shy of 1,000.
A visibly upset Mustapha suggested that rather than follow guidelines, Nigerians thought only about their rights, failing to realise that the rights came with “correspondent responsibilities”.
“We would have flattened the curve. We would have dampened this ravaging virus by now if we had just complied with the simple instructions,” he lamented.
Another area Mustapha took up issues with Nigerians is in testing.
Since the first case of the pandemic was confirmed in Nigeria on February 27 and as Nigeria struggled to contain the spread, there have been concerns about the country’s testing capacity.
Although the country has ramped up its testing capacity, the PTF Chairman is unsatisfied with the attitude of Nigerians towards getting tested.
Nigeria with a population estimated at over 200 million has not tested up to 500,000 samples while South Africa with a population of 57 million has tested more than three million people.
Apart from the attitude, Mustapha doesn’t see any major problem with Nigeria’s response.
For him, money wasn’t really the problem. Neither was it the absence of a plan.
Nigeria on yesterday recorded three more deaths from COVID-19 as the country’s infections from the virus surpassed 45, 000.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which revealed the latest figure, also said the West African nation had 354 fresh COVID-19 cases for the day.
Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 infections were confirmed in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), taking the country’s tally to 45,244.
A breakdown of the new infections from the virus indicated that the FCT had the highest number of fresh cases – 78 – and is followed by the country’s COVID-19 epicentre, Lagos – 76 – and Kaduna-23.
Although 32,430 persons who contracted the virus have been successfully treated and discharged, 930 deaths have so far been confirmed, according to the Nigeria Centre for Desease Control data.
Nigeria yesterday recorded its highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases with 681 new infections, bringing the country’s total to 14,554.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos state reported more than half of the new cases with 345 infections.
Rivers state was a distant second with 51 new cases.
Other states with new infections include Ogun (48), Gombe (47), Oyo (36), Imo (31), Delta (28), Kano (23), Bauchi (18), Edo (12), Katsina (12), Kaduna (9), Anambra (7), Jigawa (5), Kebbi (4), Ondo (4), and Nasarawa (1).
The health agency also noted that while 4,494 people have recovered from the disease, 387 have died as a result of the virus.
The Abia State Governor in Nigeria, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive to COVID-19, and has gone into quarantine.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Abia State, John Kalu on Monday.
The disclosure noted that Governor Ikpeazu had sent his sample for a COVID-19 test on May 30th and had directed members of the State Executive Council (EXCO) and the inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 to do the same.
As per the statement, the Governor’s first test result returned negative on Tuesday, 2nd June 2020.
The Commissioner, however, said that the Abia leader did another COVID-19 test on Thursday, 4th, June 2020 with the sample returning positive.
“As a result,” the statement added, “Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has gone into isolation, as required by relevant NCDC protocols, and he is being managed by a competent team of medical practitioners with a view to nursing him back to good health.
“Consequent on the above, the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.”