The federal authorities has banned inter-state travel for commuters who aren’t offering important companies. Since the primary case of COVID-19 appeared in February, the variety of confirmed instances in Nigeria has grown exponentially in three months. Presently, there are reported instances of COVID-19 throughout all of the states in Nigeria other than Cross River and Kogi states. The virus doesn’t unfold on its personal; as individuals retains transferring round, the virus will hold transferring with them. It is commonsensical that inter-state travel must be restricted to restrict the unfold of COVID-19. The solely exceptions are suppliers of important companies akin to medical personnel or these transporting agricultural merchandise and allied meals objects.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the Ministry of Health have continued to stress the necessity for people to take duty in limiting the unfold of COVID-19 as a result of one particular person carries the virus to contaminate one other or a number of others in a household, office or neighborhood. The repeated emphasis on taking duty has turn out to be much more obtrusive as there are clear proof of neighborhood transmission throughout most of the states in Nigeria with rising instances of coronavirus, particularly in Lagos, Kano and the FCT the place confirmed instances account for about two-thirds of all reported instances. The energetic case discovering in communities inside these states has additional proven that the continued motion of individuals and non-adherence to security directions has accelerated the unfold of the virus.
The Federal Ministry of Health has requested Nigerians to proceed practising the preventive public well being measures already outlined, akin to bodily distancing, frequent handwashing, sporting of masks in addition to limiting interstate travel as mandated by the federal government. The sooner we are able to halt this illness in its tracks, the higher in order that we are able to progress to the stage of rebuilding the financial system, publish COVID-19. Otherwise, Nigeria runs the chance of changing into overburdened by the illness with a sluggish and really lengthy restoration. Ultimately, the wellbeing and financial efficiency of the nation relies on the well being and wellbeing of the inhabitants.
By limiting interstate travel, alternatives for the virus to unfold can be restricted inside states and communities, the place contact tracing and energetic case discovering will search out potential instances of COVID-19. It may even allow the federal government to channel assets in direction of states responding to a excessive variety of confirmed instances, in order that they can take a look at, monitor and hint instances of COVID-19 and so restrict the unfold to different states.
In addition to the well being and financial concerns of limiting the unfold of the virus, there may be the vital want to stop the well being system within the nation from changing into overwhelmed. High burden states like Lagos and Kano are already dealing with the problem of assembly the rising demand for hospital beds because the variety of confirmed instances continues to rise.
Evidence from Europe, North America and Asia has proven that the mortality charges have been highest within the over-65 and different susceptible teams akin to individuals with underlying medical circumstances. The easing of the lockdown will put this group at elevated danger. Therefore, the restriction on interstate travel, particularly the place there may be excessive ongoing neighborhood transmission is geared toward defending this susceptible group.