Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, says it’s time for these on the helms of affairs to cease the impunity and hypocrisy utilized within the battle towards COVID-19.
In his assertion on Sunday, the rights activist was of the opinion that the rise in instances recorded within the nation is as a result of inconsistency of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC).
Mr Falana additionally acknowledged that the NCDC is just not solely to be blamed for the rise, arguing that a lack of co-ordination on the a part of the Federal authorities has contributed immensely to the inconsistencies skilled within the method wherein the disaster has been dealt with thus far.
He urged the authorities to function professionally henceforth and keep away from bending the principles.
Under is a full assertion by Mr Femi Falana (SAN).
The Corovirus pandemic seems to be on the ascendancy in Nigeria as a result of inconsistency and double requirements of the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) and lack of coordination on the a part of the Federal Authorities in addressing the well being disaster.
With none scientific foundation in anyway the federal authorities determined to restrict the imposition of lockdown to the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States.
The opposite state governments determined to impose partial restrictions of their areas of jurisdiction with the intention to stop the unfold of COVID 19. Nonetheless, northern governors have since introduced their resolution to not impose any lockdown on the area.
Based mostly on that curious resolution the members of the general public have been mounting stress on the governments of the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States to elevate the prolonged lockdown imposed by President Buhari on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Whereas the NCDC has directed anybody who exams optimistic to COVID-19 to report for therapy in isolation centres for therapy and monitoring former Chief of Employees to the President, the late Mr. Abba Kyari. was allowed to be handled in a cardiological centre, a personal hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Since then some influential individuals who examined optimistic to COVID-19 are mentioned to have insisted on therapy in personal hospitals with out official authorisation.
Sadly, Mr. Kyari handed on final Friday. Embarrased by the unlucky improvement the Lagos State Authorities was reported to have that the hospital was granted permission to deal with COVID-19 sufferers. However the well being minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has categorically asserted that :“As at immediately, there isn’t a personal hospital that has been accredited to handle Covid-19 case in Nigeria.
There’s none in Abuja right here that I do know of. However I believe Lagos is taking a look at some accredited hospitals and there may be one giant hospital in Lagos that has known as me that it needs to grow to be a Coronavirus therapy centre.”
Since no personal hospital has been accredited by the NCDC to deal with COVID-19 sufferers the demise of Mr. Abba Kyari should be investigated by the Federal Authorities.
As if the elemental breach of the rule of COVID-19 Pointers on therapy of sufferers was not sufficient, a crowd was allowed to take part and witness the interment of the stays Mr. Kyari. Thus the NCDC Guideline that mass gathering be averted to stop the additional unfold of COVID-19 was violated with impunity.
Other than defying the directive on social distancing some members of the gang disregarded the carrying of face masks. And in a quite bizzaire method, a person who had taken half within the burial ceremony pulled off his costume pulled off his Particular person Protecting Gear(PPE) and left it beside a automotive in Maitama District, Abuja.
Upon the conclusion of the burial ceremony video clips have been trending within the social media exhibiting the gang and the serial breaches of the NCDC Pointers by extremely positioned public officers and different members of the general public on the burial website.
Moreover, despite the fact that the COVID 19 Guideline on social distancing has not been lifted some governors have suspended lockdown for Juma’at prayers at a time that the authorities in Saudi Arabia have banned any gathering for prayers and pilgrimages.
In view of latest experiences which have confirmed group transmission of the cononavirus illness the lifting of the ban for non secular functions should be reviewed.
In any case, the governments of Ondo and Rivers States which had lifted the ban on non secular gathering for Easter celebrations needed to reverse the choice primarily based on the recommendation of the Nigerian Medical Affiliation.
Having regards to the disturbing improve within the variety of COVID-19 instances and the warning of well being specialists that the worst is just not but over in Nigeria the battle towards COVID 19 must be carried out in a extra organised method by the Federal Authorities and the state governments. Since public hospitals are in shambles in Nigeria the NCDC can’t afford to fight COVID-19 in a slip shot method.
The NCDC ought to henceforth function with out bending the principles to fulfill partisan political pursuits. Particularly, the NCND should make sure that the burials of all different victims of COVID 19 are carried out in strict compliance with the prescribed guidelines and pointers.
It’s pertinent to level out that the NCDC Pointers have the backing of the legislation as they’ve been integrated within the 2020 COVID-19 Rules made by President Buhari pursuant to the Quaratine Act, Cap Q2, Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
From the foregoing, it’s indeniable that there’s an apparent lack of a coherent COVID-19 coverage. This places to query dangerously the seriousness of the Federal Authorities within the international battle towards the coronavirus pandemic.
Little doubt, President Buhari has paid glowing tribute to the late Mr. Abba Kyari. However the best tribute that may be paid to the deceased and the opposite 18 residents which have misplaced their treasured lives on account of issues arising from COVID-19 is for the Federal, State and Native Governments to embark on fixing and equipping public hospitals with none additional delay.
Simply final week, the British Prime Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson, who was discharged from a public hospital in London after his therapy for COVID-19, was filled with adulation for the Nationwide Well being Service(NHS) of his nation. That must be a sober lesson for members of the ruling class in Nigeria who normally spend public funds on medical therapy in overseas medical centres.