The discovery comes as different variant keeps emerging all over the world totally different from the known ones. Even though CDC says, they are studying the new variant, the public in the taste of news about Corona development will still don’t know anything about its progress, like all other COVID-19 hidden secrets in the country.
Safety concerns—Ireland’s vaccine task force has recommended temporarily suspending the rollout of the AstraZeneca coronavirus jab, following reports of blood clots in adults who received the shot. “The National Immunization Advisory Committee (NIAC) has recommended that the administration of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca be temporarily deferred,” Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn said in a statement on Sunday.
Italy said it would also suspend the use of an AstraZeneca batch that was different to the one used in Austria because Austria has stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots while investigating death from coagulation disorders and an illness from a pulmonary embolism.
Denmark’s authorities follow the path of Norway, said, they will not use AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for two weeks, because, some recipients had developed serious blood clots, and may die as a result of the jab. The Danish authorities said, their directive is in response to reports of possible serious side effects, both from Denmark and other European countries.
India also meet bumps and potholes in its ambitious vaccination programs, as it couldn’t meet it up with its plan of vaccinating 300 million of its 1.3 billion population, by July, after nearly one-third of those invited to receive coronavirus vaccine at launch failed to turn up.
Are there private centres that study the evolution of our variants and the dangerous emerging ones apart from CDC weekly lectures? Are there collaborating pathologists monitoring the transmissibility and virulence of our variant? Cos! In Nigeria, only a maximum of 0.07 in 100 deaths are recorded daily, and only politicians, criminals and steel hearted putrid have their death recorded with fanfare on the radio, Television, Social media and the pages of newspapers.
I remember at the zenith of the Corona pandemic when the lockdown was imposed and strict, Nigeria experienced less physical deaths and every violence, than we used to and was assumed from the Corona, maybe because of the forced-peace enforced. There are fewer cases of communal clashes, almost zero road accidents, zero kidnappings and kill cases, zero bandits/herders farmers-related violence and less witchcraft-related deaths.
According to World Health Organization Nigerian Corona fatalities nearly tripled the past month, it says, Nigeria has 158,906 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, 138,502 of these people have recovered, while 1,982 died. But, how are these people buried? Who are they? How long are they sick? Don’t they have names and families?
I remember late last year in the United States, the government released comprehensive names of the people who died from COVID-19 for the past eight months, published in the newspapers, but in Nigeria, it’s only green, red, blue colours chart or to say, square box of purported casualties. The Government plans of upgrading all Federal Government hospitals in the country has flow-down the drain, no one knows what’s happening no more with that over-praised initiative, maybe someone somewhere like before has eaten the money or waiting to eat the money or for the money to be shared among themselves.
According to BBC investigation, only eight African countries—Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles and Mauritius out of more than 50 countries have active and functioning CRVS—known as compulsory and universal civil registration systems, which record deaths and their causes, know that Nigeria is not among these eight countries. Then, how sincerely can we know the Covid-19 worse hit States or areas? Everything COVID-19 is treated with utmost secrecy. We only see numbers in the news, as if it’s foreigners dying and not Nigerians.
Nigeria as a country does not care about individual tragedies, data is not important in Nigeria, death outside hospitals and government establishments are not important for the government to records, there is no compulsory test for the dead in Nigeria, it shows Nigeria like most African countries are not serious in their fight against coronavirus. The government don’t care about the number of people who died in road-related accidents, or of malaria, or stomach pains, hypertension, gonorrhoea, ulcer or typhoid, diabetes, cancer, eyes diseases etc.
In the country today, no proper records of those who died and keep dying in communal clashes, tribal clashes, electoral clashes, police/soldiers civilian clashes, farmers-herders classes, union against union clashes or maternal deaths, child deaths or death in the hands of terrorists, herdsmen or kidnappers. All the Government are interested in is making paper policies here and there. Policies that’ll return the money budgeted back to their pockets.
Vaccine or no vaccine COVID-19 lockdown came and left with some psychological vices in the deeds of Nigerian youths that still has not been taking care of. Many people —parents and young graduates lost their sources of livelihood, leaving many to fend for themselves in a hard situation, girls who resort to prostitution are still doing it, boys who are into fraternity fraud (YAHOO extra) and financial witchery are still doing it, those who seek refuge in thievery continue.
How can we undo the 11% points increase in the national poverty index, with all these tornadoes of doom and gloom skyrocketing over us? Chinese just approved the use of two local medicine to be used for COVID-19. How can our health sector be proactive in handling future epidemics and pandemics deadlier than COVID-19? Not only the vaccines’ enrollment that may not guarantee total safety.
Umar Yogiza Jr is a poet, builder and freelance photographer, base between FCT Abuja and Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria, where God and Devil toss the coin of his life. His works appeared in anthologies journals, reviews, magazines, and many online platforms.
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