Up until yesterday, Sunday, April 26, Kebbi State was one of the few states in the Country with no case of the novel Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic currently ravaging the global space. Although, the first case emerged in China and didn’t get to Nigeria until late February, the World Health Organization deemed it necessary to declare it a ‘pandemic’ resulting to what looked like a global shut-down of the world’s airspace from Africa, Europe, America and beyond.
Recall that the Nigeria Center for Disease Control had predicted that the likelihood of Covid 19 traversing through every state in Nigeria was possible owing to the nature of the country and its response to the lock-down order. Hence, the emergence of the index case in Kebbi could not be said to be much of a surprise.
Also, the State Government in its wisdom had inaugurated the State Task Force saddled with the responsibility of coming up with strategies to combating the disease should there be any need to. Reports from the task-force on the State’s preparation which include the dedication of the Kalgo Medical Center, wards in Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital and Federal Medical Center for this purpose was not only commendable but went on to show how valuable the government regards its citizens.
While we didn’t pray to have any case, as Youths in the state, responsibility is on us now to share to everyone that Covid 19 is real, and that we can avoid it by adhering to the policies laid down by NCDC and the State government. From the frequent washing of hands with running water, avoiding to touch our faces with hands, to using sanitizers and keeping social distance with our loved ones, every of our action will determine whether or not the virus will spread.
Going forward, youths are not only to act by creating awareness in the communities where they live in on the effect and preventive measures of Covid 19 but also to help report suspected cases to the GSM numbers sent by the NCDC or State’s task force. The onus is on us.
While we request the government to begin aggressive contact tracing, identify possible suspects and ensure safety of citizens during this partial lock-down, palliatives must be shared to vulnerable groups in every community in the state.
Finally, my fellow youths, you can only save another when you are SAFE. Please endure you stay safe and sound and we go through this trying period together.
State Chairman, NYCN.