Doctors under the auspices of the Medical Guild have criticized what they described as “complacency” among Lagos residents about the effects of COVID-19 even though the country was neck-deep in the second wave of the pandemic.
Doctors hired by the Lagos state government, who also called for restraint on the part of the public and urged the state government authorities to act and put everything in place to safeguard citizens.
In his message labeled: “New Years Message: A time for restraint and a time for action,” the president of the medical guild, Dr. Sodipo Oluwajimi, said that the use of face masks, social distancing, avoiding large Crowds, isolating when sick and reporting to the hospital when symptoms like shortness of breath occur should remain in place during our holiday season.
”The first wave of COVID-19 brought with it unforeseen problems characterized by fear of the unknown and caused a large number of infections, death, economic and social deprivation in all facets of the population, including health workers.
“We were able to emerge from the first wave using a combination of human goodness, innovation, hope given by spiritual strength, and the application of science.
“The use of personal protective equipment, social distancing, hand washing, improved testing and contact tracing for SARS COV-2 with the resilient work of our healthcare workers and the cooperation of the public played a role. a great role in achieving success, “he said.
Oluwajimi further reminded the people of Lagos that the second wave virus appears more cruel with several deaths among the elderly and vulnerable, including health workers.
He said the rise in new cases is likely related to the growing influx of Nigerians and foreigners from abroad, the misuse of social distancing and masks, and complacency among the public about the effects of the virus.
“Now more than ever; It is the need for moderation on the part of the population, we must use the lessons learned during the first wave to defeat this second wave.”
He called for the continued promotion of health, the strengthening of border controls, testing and isolation of travelers from foreign countries, the expansion of testing of contacts and sick people with prompt notification of results and the expansion of treatment. especially for the vulnerable and sick.
Oluwajimi said that the government should also guarantee social benefits for the most vulnerable and affected, while health workers who bear the brunt of infections should also be prioritized for the provision of personal protective equipment, health and life insurance. and appropriate allowances for risks.
He pledged as members of the Lagos Medical Guild to provide the necessary care to patients and the population while partnering with the government to have home-made solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting Nigerians and Lagos in particular.
He added that by working together, the state and Nigeria as a whole would emerge as victorious from the second wave as they did from the first wave.