Akwa Ibom state, a subnational entity in Nigeria‘s south south geopolitical zone, is leading in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 scourge with with 9 cases so far NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday stated that the 3rd wave of Covid-19 in the country has produced 32 Delta variant cases in 5 states nationwide including Lagos, Rivers, and Oyo states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This development which was disclosed by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid in Abuja on Monday, had Ihekweazu observing that, “We will continue to scale the weekly number of samples sequenced as part of our surveillance… While sequencing is important for us to understand the situation, handwashing, physical distancing and the proper use of face masks are very important to prevent the spread of the virus.”
According to Temitope Fisayo and Sonia Tsukagoshi in Postgraduate Medical Journal, “The third wave is the effect of virus on the social determinants of health, and its effects on the next generation. The virus will worsen health inequalities through severe economic injury. It is the sectors that rely on low-paid staff (often women, young people and Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people) that will take longest to recover from the predicted deep economic recession. The health impacts caused by this worsening of economic conditions will be complex, but it is likely that groups that are at the intersection between poverty and poor health that will suffer most.”
While they observed that the second wave bother on those who will experience severe effect of the virus in the medium-term due to measures taken to counteract the spread of COVID-19. In the first wave, “deaths and disability are directly linked to COVID-19”, the duo maintained.
Nigeria’s fight against the rising 3rd wave of COVID-19 got a boost as the Federal Government announced the arrival of the 4,000,080 doses of Moderna vaccine.