Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Don’t Kill Nigeria’s Economy With COVID-19, Senate Warns

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Senate

– Abuja

The Senate has called on stakeholders in the country not to kill the nation’s economy in the adopted European style of fighting the coronavirus pandemic, COVID -19.

The Senate raised the alarm yesterday in the context of the imported idea of ​​fighting COVID -19.

Speaking during an interactive session between the Senate Aviation and Health Committees and with stakeholders from the Aviation and Health Sectors about the security measures put into place after the start of national and international flights in the country, President of the Senate Aviation Committee, Senator Smart Adeyemi, APC, Kogi West said that although it is based on the realities on the ground, COVID-19 is real, but not potent in Nigeria and many of the African countries.

According to him, based on that reality, it is wrong for the country’s actors to swallow hook, line and sinker, measures are being taken to combat it in Europe, America, China, etc.

Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu has admitted that poverty is one of the most powerful weapons against the pandemic.

Speaking further, Senator Adeyemi said: “There is something in us as Africans that is not in them in Europe and America, which made COVID-19 not as disastrous here as it was there.

“In light of this, measures that are detrimental to the livelihood and well-being of Nigerians must be avoided, so as not to kill the nation’s economy.”

Adeyemi, who specifically criticized the policy adopted by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, which allows only private laboratories to test prospective travelers abroad, said the move was detrimental to average Nigerians living abroad. forced to cough N75. , 000 for such tests.

He said: “The amount is too high, it must be reduced and the laboratories of public health institutions must be equipped to perform the tests.

“People are not finding things easy out there as a result of the way and the way the COVID-19 pandemic is being fought in the country and as representatives of the people, the ancestors come to us, they point to a revolt against the government in December if drastic action is not taken between now and then to make things easier. “

Speaking along the same lines, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti South), spoke from both the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and the National PTF Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, about the usefulness of face masks in Nigeria based in realities on the ground.

According to Olujimi, based on what he saw in many communities in Ekiti state last week, residents have ruled out its use, adding: “When I visited some communities in Ekiti state last week, no one put on the masks and In fact, some of them told me who put it on, not to bring them COVID 19.

“These are clear signs that the methods and approaches used to combat the pandemic need to be re-evaluated and changed, as the pandemic, for reasons that have not yet been scientifically established, is much less powerful here than in Europe, America, etc. . “

He asked the National PTF Coordinator, the reasons behind the success story in Nigeria.

In response, Dr. Sani Aliyu said that the three reasons already identified are poverty, demographics and the aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic, adding that although the factor of poverty as part of the success story against the COVID-19 in Nigeria is controversial, it is generally believed that the pandemic is weakening in congested and congested areas.

He said: “Demographically, only 3% of Nigerians are over 65, compared to 20%, 18%, etc., of those populations in European and American countries where deaths were high.”

“The aggressive nature of African countries against the pandemic also greatly helped to contain the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria and many of the African countries.”

However, the joint committee directed the Minister and the National PTF Coordinator to expand the scope of laboratory tests for the pandemic by including public ones and ensure a reduction in the cost of testing.

The chairman of the joint committee, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe (APC Kwara Central), said that the committee expected response action plans from the minister and the PTF in the next two weeks.

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