Recently the Rivers State Government In Nigeria has been very loud and iron fisted in the fight againsti Coronavirus in the state. While many criticize the ruthless approach some praise it for the few cases of the deadly virus recorded in the state.
BUT WHAT IS MISSING?
Covid-19 as we all know by now is does not have a vaccine; meaning no cure. But there are professional medical procedures being applied to manage the sickness that often arise from the infection. In many cases victims recover while in some cases death occur.
It is known that when the infection is detected early and treatment is carried out death is averted.
THAT’S WHERE THERE IS A PROBLEM.
Our Government tend to be Reactive to incidents and not proactive enough to stop the incident before it explodes.
The Rivers State Government, like the FG is only awaiting to get a report of an imported case before they trace contacts. And when they’re able to trackdown a few perceived contacts they assume that the virus is contained. BUT THAT IS WRONG.
THIS WHAT IS EXPECTED…
By now the Rivers State Government Should have started community testing. To do this they are expected to setup Sample Collection centers in all the 23 LGAs of the State and mobile Sample collection units in PH to collect samples and test them.
Working hand-in-hand with the Health Department in all the LGAs and the NCDC, this approach will lead to IDENTIFYING hidden cases, TRACE contacts and ISOLATE them for to ensure that more people are not infected.
THIS IS WHAT THE UNITED STATES IS DOING.
Whether we like it or not, this virus is spreading within the community. The increase in new cases only in Nigeria are not imported, they’re community infections detected because community testing started in LAGOS and ABUJA.
The story surrounding new Case in Rivers is a red alert to the River State Interministerial Committee on Covid-19 to quickly Commense and boost Community Level Testing.
The Good side is if infection is detected early and treated very few cases will advance to the ICU where Respirators(Ventilators) will be needed. In fact, if detected early some of the Low Risk victims will not need to go to the Hospitals or Isolation centers, they can self Isolate with support from medical experts.
Remember we have shortage of health facilities and personnel to fight the Pandemic if it should be allowed to escalate and more severe cases arise due to late detection.
The Safety Protocol is TEST… TRACE… ISOLATE.
© Soibibo Sokari