The resurgence of coronavirus has continued to disrupt normalcy plans, making it hard for people to survive. More so, the developing states are having difficulty meeting civilians’ demands. Recently countries have started vaccination campaigns, with many hoping that it would help with the virus. However, not all countries have accessed the vaccines. Chances are the situation might deteriorate as medics aren’t sure the vaccine will eradicate the virus
Recently, hospitals in Nigeria’s capital city reported an escalation in COVID-19 patients. Due to the surging cases, the hospitals confirmed a shortage of health equipment, beds, and even medical personnel. It was not an easy situation to deal with, especially since all the patients needed immediate attention. Reports revealed that the Country’s coronavirus state had worsened with the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant.
Due to the hospitals’ medical crises, some medical personnel has been forced to camp in the hospitals without even breaking for home. Adejumo Olusola, a physician, stated that they had to remain in the hospitals together with other doctors. And while on duty, they do not sleep as they have to respond to calls and attend to patients.
According to medical reports of COVID-19, the second wave of infections has a high demand for oxygen cylinders. This is so because most patients who have contracted the second wave complain of breathing complications. Hence for they rely on oxygen for their survival. Lagos has confirmed requiring 350 oxygen tanks, especially as it is the epicenter of the virus.
” We’ve not had enough oxygen. We’ve been close to not having enough, and we’ve been stretched, but we’ve never actually been in a situation where we have patients that need oxygen. There is no oxygen, ” said Lagos health Commissioner Akin Abayomi.
Plans to Eradicate the Virus
As it happens that COVID-19 has taken atoll on most parts of the world, many have adopted precautionary measures with the hope of containing it. Lockdowns, sanitization, wearing masks, and social distancing are some of the early practices many have been embracing. However, recently a new technique has evolved, i.e., vaccination campaigns.
Countries in Europe, America, Africa, etc., have started coronavirus vaccination campaigns. These endorsements play a significant role in educating citizens on the importance of the vaccine. The United Kingdom has already kicked off the immunization process.
Meanwhile, Nigeria is anticipating its vaccination dozes will arrive at the end of February. The country head of state is sure that soon Nigerians will get to experience the vaccine. Moreover, President Buhari also signed for 17 million dollars to construct 38 oxygen plants and repair existing ones. This project comes in handy as currently, the Country is in dire need of oxygen plants.
Besides, other African states are hoping to receive the vaccine soon to join in the immunization process. Although there is much hope in the vaccines, doctors worry there is a possibility they may not work in immunocompromised patients who are highly susceptible to the virus.