Coronavirus (1240) Lessons from India and why Nigeria must not be complacent

23 April, 2021

The excellent Nigeria Health Watch has a lead article: COVID-19: Lessons from India and why Nigeria must not be complacent

https://nigeriahealthwatch.com/covid-19-lessons-from-india-and-why-niger...

'In the last month, India has reported over 200,000 new cases of COVID-19 every single day. Their hospitals are full, crematoriums overwhelmed, health workers are tired, and families devastated. Many Indians in the diaspora feel helpless as they see family members struggling with the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 21, 2021, India announced 314,644 cases on a single day, the highest number of cases announced by any country on a single day since the onset of the outbreak...

Why should we be worried in Nigeria? We are in the same place India was in January 202... The general feeling is that we have dodged a bullet, and the pandemic is being referred to as something that happened in the past.

India has many similarities with Nigeria...

So far, Nigeria has been supplied with only about 4 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility and there is still no confirmed date when further vaccine supplies will be made available to the country...

Comment (NPW): The episodic nature of the pandemic leads to complacency during periods when the virus is less active. How can this be addressed? How can governments be persuaded to build resilience at these times to prepare for the 'next wave'? The current shortages of oxygen in India are leading to many avoidable deaths - how can this be avoided in Nigeria?

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org