Coronavirus Is Real: Potentially Preventable Deaths Due to this Virus Are Now Occurring in Igboukwu & Nigeria, in General – says Prof. Nwosu.
Below is the text of address presented by Professor Uchenna Nwosu, on behalf of the Igbo-Ukwu Coronavirus Relief Fund Group (ICVRFG), to I.D.U. President-General, Arc Christian Ike, at the occasion of ICVRFG food distribution on 4th July 2020.
Architect Christian Ike, the President General of I.D.U, Ndi Ichie na Ide Igbo-Ukwu, Ward Chairmen and Secretaries:
For the third time, I bring you the compliments of the Igbo-Ukwu Coronavirus Relief Group (ICRFG) as it donates some relief to the needy families of our community’s 36 wards. This time, each ward is to receive four 50kg bags of rice and two 100kg bags of beans, which we would like to be distributed as usual by the Ward Chairmen. As usual, each Ward Chairman is requested to submit its verifiable list of the recipients to the I.D.U. Administration Secretary by Monday 6th July 2020.
We realize that June and July are the usual months of famine, even in normal times, but now amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic. By repeating this assistance during this lockdown period, we are determined not to let the needy among us suffer too much from hunger and starvation.
The donors wish to remind all Igbo-Ukwu residents as follows:
CORONAVIRUS IS REAL. Potentially preventable deaths due to this virus are now occurring in Igbo-Ukwu and Nigeria in general.
Infection with this virus can be prevented by
Frequent handwashing and use of sanitizers
Wearing face masks in public
Avoiding crowded situations
Maintaining a distance of 2 arm’s length when socializing
Staying at home as much as possible, especially if you are elderly, or have significant medical conditions like diabetes, heart or kidney disease, etc.
If you happen to catch the virus, death can be prevented if PROPER medical care is sought.
THE DELAY IN SEEKING EARLY PROPER TREATMENT SEEMS TO LIE WITH FEAR OF STIGMATIZATION.
This fear is unreasonable because coronavirus knows no boundaries: it attacks both the rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless, the educated and non-educated. The infection does not have any moral undertone. In other words, one does not contract the infection because one is living, or has lived immoral life, but rather because one has not taken the necessary precautions of maximizing social distancing, masking the mouth and nose in public, and frequent handwashing with soap and water.
Effective management of early symptoms of coronavirus infection has been shown to abort the full blown deadly disease in most cases.
Such management is best obtainable under supervision by qualified medical personel in office visits.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL ORGANS HAVE FAILED, AND ONE IS IN EXTREMIS BEFORE SEEKING MEDICAL HELP. Do so when you sense that you are not feeling well.
DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOU HAVE YOUR USUAL “MALARIA/TYPHOID”. Instead, let your doctor reassure you that you do not have coronavirus.
This platform, which is the brainchild of some kind-hearted Igbo-Ukwu people, is chaired by Chief Ikechi Eze, MFR. Other members of the Board of Trustees are Chief Eric Nwobi, Professor Uchenna Nwosu, Chief Anthony O Umeh, Sir Chudi Illoh, Chief Ezenwagu Okafor, Chief Bart Nwibe, Sir Eddy Muoemenam, and Engineer Onuora Nnabugwu, with Ichie I. K. Muo as Secretary.
The platform recognizes all other Igboukwu philanthropic citizens who have given privately in their preferred manner, to assuage the hunger and starvation attendant to the current incapacitating but necessary Covid-19-imposed lockdown of our people. It implores all Igbo-Ukwu residents to cooperate with the directives of Anambra State Government to prevent the spread of this awful pandemic to our town.
The Board of Trustees of the fund expresses its sincere gratitude to all contributors listed in the annex below, who have made this food distribution possible, and to its indefatigable “Headmaster” and secretary, Ichie Dr. I. K. Muo, who has devoted uncounted hours in collation.
We thank the Igbo-Ukwu Microfinance Bank for allowing us the use of this spacious venue, and especially its Managing Director, Mrs. Anyanwu and Mr. Kod Nwosu, for all the logistical and cutworks involved in making this undertaking a success.
We wish you all immunity from this pandemic.
(81-year-old Professor Uchenna Nwosu is an American trained Obstetrician & Gynecologist. He is the founder of Apex Medical Center & Allied Health Services.)