By Ahmed Rahma
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Chris Bode, on Wednesday, lamented that COVID-19 second wave is claiming many lives.
The CMD, who made this declaration at a news conference in Lagos, stated that the second wave was more easily transmitted and deadlier.
He said, “The resurgence of COVID-19, through the newly mutated form, is ravaging our land, claiming many lives.
“Unlike what we witnessed in the first wave, this one is even more easily transmitted and deadlier too.
“It is, therefore, imperative for everyone, first and foremost, accept that COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and we must prepare to confront it all over again.
“What we see on the streets, worship centres and social interactions, parties and daily activities call for concern.
“In a period when the enemy has doubled back and is attacking us ferociously, we seem to be celebrating a false victory and denying the danger is still around us.
“We need to observe all the basic rules we have been following all along and wake up to the present reality.”
Mr Bode, however, advised the public to avoid all forms of social engagement for now, no parties, churches, mosques, meetings.
“Wash your hands frequently and before you touch the face, eyes and mouth.
“Wear face mask obligatory (most important), maintain a social distance of at least six feet away from others where you must be with anyone.
“Do not hold face-to-face meetings with others, go virtual for now; if you love your aged relations, insist on these tenets for now. Do not go visiting them until the pandemic goes away,” he urged.
“We have seen an upsurge in the number of people who keep treating ‘malaria’ instead of going for the COVID test.
“Many such then start using all sorts of steam inhalation and home remedies for their cough and chest congestion.
“It is not helpful to do this, especially if you are also diabetic, hypertensive or with a number of other health baggages or above the age of 60,” the medical expert advised.
On his part, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, said everyone taught that the pandemic was over.
Mr Adeyemo said that there were periods in November that the hospital had zero admittance in its wards.
“We planned to move to a smaller place, which we actually did, but had to come back to our 120 beds facilities; we never shut down the centre.
“We did not only witnessed increased numbers, but the severity also increased.
“Before now, we are not talking about vaccine, but about myths that COVID-19 was not real,” he said.
Mr Adeyemo appealed to the media to enlighten the public, in terms of conspiracy theory noting that it was important we all keep to the rules and help each other.
Also, Dr Iorhen Akase, Head, Infectious Disease Unit, said that the hospital observed increased mild cases in the first wave, pointing out that the second wave was severe.
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