Coronavirus (1241) Lessons from India and why Nigeria must not be complacent (2)

23 April, 2021

It is good that Nigeria Health Watch is drawing attention of the risk of complacency to COVID19 (using India as a case study).

But the platform should have said that there is already complacency in Nigeria driven by the elites, the educated including health workers. Every public building, health facility, hospitality venue etc has a bold notice at its entrance since this time a year ago, that reads: 'No mask no entry'. They have the bucket of water and soap or sanitizer at the entrance too. But less than 1% of persons inside use mask, or stop to wash hands any more. In the crowded markets, in funeral events, in marriage ceremonies the story is the same, if you use a mask at these locations you look like an alien. People tell you that 'it is not their portion to catch COVID19 because their god is in control'.

Most of Nigeria is already complacent about COVID19!!!

The Presidential Task Force on COVID19 has been renamed a 'Steering Committee on COVID19', we wish they will start steering Nigerians back to compliance, repeat the message that COVID19 is real!!

Joseph Ana.

HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

Email: jneana AT