As President Muhammadu Buhari relaxes lockdown imposed across some states of the federation, Bar. Kayode Ajulo, a notary public writer, politician and civil rights activist has urged the federal government and the NCDC on the need to take proactive steps in order to ensure adequate testing, with the daily increase in reported cases saying it is still unclear how many people have actually been infected with COVID-19.
Bar. Ajulo who shared th sentiment that the Federal Government might have been pressured to relax the lockdown in order to savour the economy, however said coming out of lockdown too soon could be catastrophic and could lead to an explosion of new coronavirus cases.
According to him, the key to easing the lockdown will be to work out changes that are enough to open up the society and restore the economy but not to worsen the prevalent situation.
While recalling events in recent times, Bar. Ajulo said a few days ago, there are reports that the Lagos State government ran out of testing kits and patients had to be taken to nearby Ogun State for testing, a clear indication that much still needs to be done.
“While relaxing the lockdown for people to resume business as usual, is not without a grimace of relief, yet if people who do not know they are infected return to work, they risk infecting countless others and wiping out all the progress that has been made.
There is need to speed up coronavirus testing and government should provide personal protective equipment before people can safely go back to work. As at the time of writing, the number of tests that have conducted by the NCDC is below 13,000″, he stressed just as he recalled his experience at a public institution where a renowned personality who also doubles as a friend, mingled freely with others, but later was confirmed to have tested positive to the virus.
“One could only imagine how many lives would have been exposed to the virus. There is no gainsaying the herculean task that would ensue in tracing contacts of persons who have been to such premises of public institutions for the past five days before the case was confirmed.
It has been estimated that about 30% of people who contract the virus will not show symptoms, thus the use of temperature check may not prove effective in confirming the status of people who are granted access to premises of public institutions. Hence, the imperative for the Federal Government to take proactive steps in ensuring that before access is granted to premises of public institutions, everyone must present a ‘Negative Test Certificate’., he added.
Bar. Ajulo also used the opportunity to express worry at the migration of some persons from some states to the Federal Capital Territory despite the invocation of interstate lockdown saying it is no doubt, a fallout of inducement of law enforcement agents to gain passes which will greatly spike the rate of the spread of the pandemic if no checks are put in place.