COVID-19: Nigeria Should Prepare For The Worst, Says Diplomat
Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze

Former diplomat and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2017 election in Anambra State, Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze, has warned the Federal Government not to relax its efforts towards curbing Coronavirus in the country as the low figures being recorded currently may just be due to poor contact tracing.

He said instead the country should prepare for a boom period when the reality would dawn on it.

In a statement issued in Awka, Obaze observed: “Federal authorities and NCDC continue to do their utmost in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Yet it is taking about three to four weeks to contact trace some travellers who returned into Nigeria from the U.S. and other hotspot countries.

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“Regrettably  from most Nigerians who should be observing social distancing, we are witnessing a false sense of security, due to the reported low headcount of the Covid-19 infections, which in actuality is relative to low testing count.”

Obaze said that granted that the low count might be because Nigeria had been contiguously outside the orbit of the present hotspot countries, “Nigerians are peripatetic and heavy travelers, thus the incidence of infections will be high consequently, and relatively proportional to our high rate of travel as well as high rate of concealment of infections.

“The window remains vastly open that  Nigeria may yet be hard hit down the line; as the exponential spread simmers beneath the surface.

“Now is time to strategise for that boom moment. Meanwhile, we must continue to aggressively identify, isolate and treat those already infected,” he concluded.