The United Nations-Polac Mayor of Peace, Mr. Lucky Igbokwe, has expressed concerns over the alarming level of the spread and intensity of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
Igbokwe called on the state and national legislators to take urgent and aggressive action to stop the spread of the virus by enacting new laws or reinforcing existing ones in order to address the growing cases of non-disclosure of health and travel history at hospital admission points by individuals.
The Abia- born businessman, who spoke on Monday in a statement by his Media Assistant, Alozie Uzoukwu, said this has become necessary in view of the scale and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He asserted that the outbreak of the disease has clearly risen to the level of a public health threat that could justify restrictions on certain rights even as the international human rights law guarantees everyone the right to the highest attainable standard of health and requires governments to take steps to prevent threats to public health and to provide medical care to those who need it.
Igbokwe expressed worries about the fate of first responders and other health workers who face threats to their lives due to patients’ refusal to disclose their health and travel information during treatment.
While seeking supplications and healing from the Almighty of the pandemic, the CEO of 2Flames Entertainment, cautioned against attacking men of God and the church.
Igbokwe used the opportunity to express optimism on a scientific breakthrough via prayers while urging all hands to be on deck and to follow all safety protocols in the fight against the virus.
“It is not enough for us to sit behind and call Bill and Melinda Gate doomsday prophets. We must rise up to do our part if we must win this war,” Igbokwe added.