“The Covid-19 pandemic rages on with cases rising astronomically daily. Precariously, Kaduna is bordered by 6 states, all of which have reported cases with the highest number of deaths. With community spread already reported, it is only a matter of time before cases come knocking at facilities in rural settings, our own not exempted”
Dr. Arome Okeme, Medical Director at Arthur and Esther Bradley Memorial Anglican Hospital in Gidan Waya in southern Kaduna State in “the middle belt” of central Nigeria.
“The virus is spreading faster here than official reports acknowledge. We know that many vagrants on the street have tested positive, even if official statistics have not reflected this. Unfortunately, the nature of the disease makes it undetectable unless one is tested or there is an underlying health problem, like heart or lung disease. This is all the more reason why we must take precautions to protect our staff and our patients.”
Dr. Olaniyi Olaobaju, Medical Director of St. Thomas Clinic, Eleme District of Port Harcourt in Rivers State in Southwestern Nigeria.
“It is horrible here. Many, many people are infected with Corona virus and it is spreading rapidly. Many private hospitals are closing to prevent the spread of disease to other patients. Government officials are not reporting the cases, but it is affecting a lot of people. …We have to be very careful who we admit at our hospital. If they have the virus, we don’t admit them, but refer them to the NCDC centers. We are just not equipped to handle their cases and help them. We are very grateful for any help you can give us. We are relying on the mercy of God.”
Bishop John Danbinta, bishop of Gusau Diocese and CEO of Graceland Hospital in Gusau, the capitol of Zamfarra State in northern Nigeria.
“Things are getting pretty difficult around the whole country. Here in Lagos, where the health care infrastructure is pretty advanced, the NCDC centers are working pretty well. But in the less-developed parts of the country, where all of our clinics are, conditions are much more dire. Any help you can bring will make a big difference.”
Helen Victor, Nurse at Genesis Hospital in Lagos and Mission Team Coordinator for Kateri Medical Services in Nigeria.