Nigerian’s elite At wits' end over the country’s neglected healthcare system
Why are Nigerian's elite 'CORONANOID'?
The room for medical trips abroad has disappeared due to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, and the Nigerian political elite is stuck with the country’s poor health facilities that they have neglected over the years.
Successive Nigerian political leaders and their family members have made foreign medical trips their pastime while neglecting the country’s health sector.
Healthcare is not a priority to the Nigerian government. A very little percentage of the national budget is allocated to the Nigerian health care system which is less than 4%.
They refused to invest in the health care systems and now with the borders closed, the elites have put their hope in God.
The masses, on the other hand, are elated at every news of one of the politicians struck with the virus and some even promised they will get drunk with Apeteshi (a local gin in Ghana) should the disease be caught by the President himself.
But are they to blame for such cynicism?
Lasser fever has taken more lives than coronavirus in Nigeria.
Yesterday in his State of the Nations address, President Buhari expressed his sentiments over the NCDC chief, he said
"The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis."
"Indeed, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was one of ten global health leaders invited by the World Health Organisation to visit China and understudy their response approach. I am personally very proud of Dr. Ihekweazu for doing this on behalf of all Nigerians."
THE RICH ALSO CRY!
Governor of Kaduna state, Nigeria Nasir elrufai has disclosed that he has tested positive for Covid-19.
He is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a person that is not showing symptoms has disclosed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in self-isolation as required by the case management guidelines of the NCDC for a person that is not showing symptoms.
Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, shaking hands with The President of Nigeria Rtd Gen Buhari has finally given an update on his health status after testing positive for the COVID-19.
The irony is that they are stuck in a conundrum they never envisaged. The developed countries where they visit in their private jets to check their blood pressure have closed down their borders and they won't exchange their lowest classed citizen for a mussel of bread in hard currency.
Can we use the 37 Billion Naira meant for National service renovation to equip hospitals nationwide?- Rugged man on twitter
What of donations into Nigerians health system by Elites, shouldn't that be commended?
There has been quite a flow of charitable donations to help combat the pandemic in the nation by Nigerians and health organizations going into the COVID19 relief fund;
Nigeria has converted a whole stadium into an isolation centre.
COVID-19 Relief FUND Donation.
1] Atiku Abubakar - N50million
2] Abdulsamad Rabiu - N1Billion
3] Femi Otedola - N1Billion
4] Tony O Elumelu - N1Billion
5] Herbert O. Wigwe - N1Billion
6] Segun Agbaje -. N1Billion
7] Jim Ovia - N1Billion
8] Aliko Dangote - N1Billion
9] TuFace Idibia. - N10million
10] Folasade Alakija - N35m (Worth of items).
11] Jack Austin T - N 5 Billion
1) Access Bank - 1Billion naira
2) GT Bank - 1Billion naira
3) Zenith Banks - 1Billion naira
4) NNPC - 11 Billion naira
Nigerians will be rest assured if they had medical supplies and the hospitals are adequately equipped to mitigate the impact of an outbreak this is their greatest worry and not the cash donations. As the rise of confirmed cases keeps rising the country there is a paradigm shift form been enriched to how do we survive should there be an outbreak like what developed countries are experiencing now.
The total confirmed cases as of 29th march 2020 in Nigeria is 111. The reality is that the elites and politicians are getting CORONA-NOID ( a state of Paranoia caused by COVID-19).
Indeed, ‘The Rich’ also cry!