In recent times, there has been a rising number of confirmed COVID case and this is due to the ravaging effect of the second wave locally and globally. A lot of countries all over the world have experienced the negative impact of the pandemic on their economies especially on the health sector. Government in European countries and the United States are been compelled to impose lockdowns at various times in the last one year and these has caused cascade of events including job loss, retrenchment by multinationals, reduction in purchasing power and on a larger scale, an economic recession.
Taking a good look at this part of the world, compliance and adherence to COVID guidelines and protocols is a constant challenge and limitation in curbing the virus. In the past few weeks, we’ve been admitting quite a number of patients who presented with moderate to severe forms of COVID. A typical example is a 78 year old known diabetic who was rushed into our emergency unit with 2 days history of breathlessness, persistent cough and intermittent fever. After a positive serology test, without any further delay we commenced him on intranasal oxygen, secured an intravenous access and started the standard regimen for management of COVID 19. Mr Tijani must have contracted the virus at a ceremony which he attended 5 days prior to presentation. This was based on the history that was provided by his relatives.
His condition deteriorated despite all efforts, these were evident by poor oxygen saturation rate, reduced coma scale and deranged vital signs. After the long battle, Mr Tijani gave up the ghost by 9 pm on the 30th of December 2020. His demise was quite sad and painful but it sounds a bit of warning to his relatives and the public. It teaches us to take personal responsibility of our health by being compliant with all rules, guidelines and protocols, that way we can win the war against covid-19.
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I Dr Rotimi Victor Oluwaseun a resident Doctor in the department of community medicine LUTH Idi Araba. An associate fellow of the West African college of physicians and the national postgraduate medical college of Nigeria