CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC: A wake-up call on the Nigerian Student.

CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC: A wake-up call on the Nigerian Student.

One interesting, or not so interesting thing about this viral disease is that it has left more people alive in its wake than it has killed them

Humanity has hitherto not been trapped in such overwhelmingly debilitating situation as it is now. We have been sorely hit by an incredibly radical brand of microbe. This time, an insidious virus – The Corona virus. So exceptionally virulent is this specie that governments all over the world have had to shut their borders, restrict human movements; a fundamental right, and close down businesses, leaving their various economies in untold shambles as a result.

Currently, the battle is between keeping people at home to prevent a possible geometric spread and getting them tested by all means. The United States government is getting its kits ready to have a large percentage, if not all of their citizens tested and isolated if the test unfortunately turns out positive, and here in Nigeria, the centre for disease control and hospitals as well have been stretched to the limit trying to tame the ever dynamic monster, recording new cases everyday and the horrific death in some cases. This monster of a virus is remarkably novel in all ramifications and has no serious research or scientific study previously conducted on it, and so frontline health workers are beyond doubt, in a demoralizing tight situation of having to learn about its symptoms and method of spread as new cases spring up.

One interesting, or not so interesting thing about this viral disease is that it has left more people alive in its wake than it has killed them. This, indeed, is a rare glimmer of sublime hope in the offing. Hope that in spite of it all, we will defy the odds to exterminate this scourge and bounce back to the once healthy and active population there once was.
The Nigerian situation is a particularly interesting one! Where ill-equipped federal and state hospitals all over the nation wield their armoury of deficient facilities and appalling working conditions in the face of the viral monster, a bearing that though laughable for some, is indeed lachrymose for others, and has left our frontline healthcare workers at a more profound risk of danger in the process of delivering specialized healthcare to victims of the scourge. In the face of all of this, a typical Nigerian student will no doubt be tempted to pay deaf ears and frail attention to the sheer intensity of the scourge and just wait for everything to clear up, but no! This is a wake up call to Nigerian students to use the most potent tool at their disposal – the media, to spread the word of precaution and of hope. Who knows? Such student might just be saving some precious lives out there.

Utibe Umoh

Medicine and Surgery , University of Uyo

utibeumoh180@gmail.com

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