COVID-19 records deaths approaching 930,000, infections 29,000,000, with around 57,000 recognised cases and 1,200 deaths in Nigeria.
World Health Organisation, WHO, appoints three African centres for disease control as specialised continental reference sequencing research laboratory for emerging pathogens. Two in South Africa and the third is the renowned Redeemer’s University African Centre for Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) under Professor Christian Happi, who is keen on relevant African science development especially for female scientists. This facility offers cutting edge molecular science to Africa. The centre handles gene-sequencing training and research in and out of medicine in African virus genes for quick diagnosis to facilitate diagnosis and vaccine development. Professor Happi’s lab has just developed a 15-minute Covid Virus strip paper test for international validation.
Latest Covid19 Fact check: Please wear a mask, it appears to allow you a small inoculation and time for your body to raise immunity! The heavier the Covid virus load the more serious the illness. True. Masks reduce virus load reaching the healthy wearer. True. Masks reduce virus load that the Covid virus carrier can spread. True. A very low virus load may be like an inoculation, a vaccine. Highly probable. A vaccine gives a tiny part or number of an infecting bug, like Covid virus, which is too little to cause illness but enough to stimulate an immune reaction. Highly likely. This mechanism may be responsible for the reduction in disease severity among mask wearers as compared to non-wearers who fall ill. Preliminary results say ‘True’. So, wear a mask, please.
Compressing people into smaller spaces for business gain, overcrowding, must not be acceptable legally, medically, or humanely. Cramming citizens of different sizes into one-size-fits-all ‘crush hour’ traffic transport and aeroplanes made for the smallest person is no longer acceptable. Poorer people deserve more space when they travel.
It disgusts me to see people crammed into public transport worldwide. For example, like being crammed sitting and standing in four carriages in a three-hour UK train journey with three almost empty first class carriages. The same for economy cramped seating while the first class section is empty.
I am tall. The seat is small and my knees jam into the front seat, painfully immobilising me for eight hours. Why do small short engineers design seating for air, train, and bus chairs worldwide.
The human race needs more space and is too submissive to money buying space.
Another shutdown benefit is the ‘Silence of Covid19’. The great ‘Covid Calamity’ to many was the closure of nightlife. The world quietened at night. Club crawling, brawling and drunkenness stopped! Good! But that Covid calamity did what government regulations refused to do. Why do governments refuse to enforce their citizens ‘right to quiet’, preferring to support ‘noise pollution’ and ‘music violence’ inflicted on communities around nightclubs?
The Covid calamity brought wonderful ‘silent nights’ and peaceful, sleep-full nights worldwide exemplified by the residential areas of Ikolaba and Bodija, Ibadan Oyo State and Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1. The silence of Covid descended like a sledgehammer on the malicious unnecessarily loud and too numerous loudspeakers blaring in those areas. It ended the 7pm and -4am daily nightmare. As nightclubs noisily reopen, government must access the criminal culpability of the disgraceful behaviour of club managers.
It highlights the impotence, irrelevance and irresponsibility or collusion of the supervising authorities in government secretariat Ibadan and Alausa Lagos. Why allow an uncontrolled nightclub in Bodija or on Admiralty Way without enforcing indoor speakers and soundproofing and a ban on outside loudspeakers and then charge high ground rents for tormented neighbours? Governors must rescue sleepless babies, children, students doing WAEC, JAMB and university degrees etc. and grandparents denied rest and the sick with cancer denied a peaceful death because of noise pollution 1-2 kilometres away in the nightclubs callously inflicting music violence.
Lagos shut down Quinox on Ozumba Mbadiwe for obstructing traffic and being a public nuisance. Time to threaten the nightclubs of Admiralty Way and Bodija and 10,000 clubs nationwide. Make noise inside not outside your club building.
Club owners make money legally. They do not live in Bodija or on Admiralty Way and go home at 4 am where there is no sound. It is illegal and criminally prosecutable for Nigerian governments to allow nightclubs to inflict ‘Music Terrorism’ on children, pregnant mothers and hospitals with patients requiring rest. Why inflict noise trauma all night, night after night Monday to Monday every day every week, every year?
Uncle Bola Ige, a then serving Minister for Justice, murdered on December 23, 2001 would have been 90 on September 23. Justice has not yet been served to his killers and their sponsors. God comforts the family.
Uncle Bola was many things to many people. Personally, I had the privilege of driving him from Ibadan to Lagos one Sunday to discuss with Vice-Admiral Mike Akhigbe the ill-fated release of Chief MKO Abiola. As a literati member, Uncle Bola was at Bode Sowande’s Odu-Themes at Orita-UI hours before being arrested later and incarcerated for three years. The scene when we were called to Oluyoro Catholic Hospital along with Dr Toks Abiose and Dr Funso Onafowokan is still vivid with the distraught family children, politicians and police mournfully milling around the trolley. At midnight we drove his body to Anatomy, UI and later stood with Dr BGK Ajayi as family representatives at his post-mortem. Chilling times.
Life has become even cheaper since you left, Uncle Bola.