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|Public Health Vs The National Economy by luap1990(m): 7:00am On May 02, 2020
Still on COVID-19
Public health vs The National Economy
In the voice of the legendary musician, Sunny Okosun: Which way Nigerians? Which way to go?....
Postulation: You can't eat your cake, and have it. You can't slave for two masters! At this critical period; our governments, you and I have choices to make.
Proposition: You can always have the economy with you, but we can't resurrect the dead. Humans can work hard to revive the economy, but can same be true of the dying ones. At this trying time, we all have sacrifice to pay, again, we all have choices to make. Our decision of today, goes a million miles to save lives.
Food for thought.
Good morning Nigerians!
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by CodeTemplar: 7:19am On May 02, 2020
80% of our economy is sustained by less than 0.001% of the nation who work in oil sector so to the govt they can afford lockdown for the next 1 year. Hunger is far from them.
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by luap1990(m): 7:24am On May 02, 2020
That's is it. drastic measures have to be put in place. Easing the lockdown will do more harm than good to us. Everyone has part to play. Health is wealth!
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by realstars: 7:27am On May 02, 2020
Health Is The Paramount Of Everything.
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by luap1990(m): 7:37am On May 02, 2020
That's the point. We do well to be patient than to be a patient.
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by Nobody: 7:48am On May 02, 2020
Nigeria is not a welfare state like the Western States. In the UK/US/CANADA/NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA/GERMANY etc, they have the ability to work from home, the government takes care of it's citizens when unemployed. During this pandemic at least 80% of their wages were directly wired into their accounts. Supermarkets are hygienic and citizens can go and buy food items, exercise and take walks for fresh air for at least 1 hour every day without harassment. The police that enforce these lockdown measures are not trigger-happy thugs in uniform. Their government used the lockdown to equip their hospitals and also built emergency hospitals with 2000-4000 bed capacities for the second/third wave of infection that would arise if their lockdown is lifted.
In Nigeria, the government copied and pasted the lockdown measures of the West forgetting that the economy in Nigeria for 80% of its citizens is a daily economy i.e. what many make in a day is what they eat. They failed to set in place palliative measures to take care of Nigerians, they failed to equip the decaying hospitals, they failed to build emergency hospitals. Instead they used the lockdown to go on a loan shopping spree, they have shared the monies and there is nothing left. The have also looted the monies donated by the UN/WHO/IMF/EU and other kind Nigerians.
The Nigerian Government has no choice but to lift the lockdown as the hunger in the land is a stronger force at this moment and they are hoping the hot weather and God sees the average Nigerian through while they all self-isolate in their well-stocked Mansions. God bless Nigeria, if now more than ever we need to draw closer to God.
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by joyandfaith: 7:54am On May 02, 2020
Bad economy cannot sustain lockdown. About 90 million people - roughly half Nigeria's population - live in extreme poverty. who will feed them? There is no database to identify poor ones. Relief materials are been distributed haphazardly. if you think you are safe and comfortable, wretched ones are coming for you in matter of time. You and I who are middle income earners will be target of aggression. You need sound economy to sustain lockdown just like you need vibrant economy to sustain war.
You even need thriving economy to sustain health sector in its fight against covid. Most developed nations will soon be overwelmed. where will help come from?
Does Covid warrant persistent lockdown? No! Covid infection is mild in about 95% of casea. Severe cases in patients with underlying health problems. 95 to 99% of patients who died had underlying health problems.
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by luap1990(m): 8:10am On May 02, 2020
It's obvious to the blind and audible to the deaf, the failure of our past and present governments to curtail the menace and provide succour to the hungry Nigerians. However, individuals, have role to play, our lives are more important to us. Proactive approach need to be taken without waiting for palliative from government. Perhaps one important measure is to cut cloth according to your size
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by Nobody: 8:16am On May 02, 2020
I think you are tone deaf, Nigerians are the champions of cutting their clothes according to their size as Nigerians know that they are on their own and there is no support from the government, family or friends. Nigerians are resourceful citizens who were given lemons in life and have used the lemons to make lemonade.
|Re: Public Health Vs The National Economy by luap1990(m): 8:20am On May 02, 2020
But the spread of virus is quicker than the wildfire. We're at a crossed road, true some are dying in Nigeria as a result of hunger not COVID-19. I'm of the opinion we go back to the basis; farming. Food and clothing are the sustenance to cope with the present challenges
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