My ears were ringing again and I felt like my head was going to implode. I counted to 10 between deep breaths hoping the whoosh of expiration would blow away the waves.
Why couldn’t anyone else hear the deafening silence? Why was the still thunder tearing us apart while everyone looked on like it was just another day?
Lassa had killed so many already but all I heard was talk and more talk about the 2019 elections. The government turned its nose in the air and the media buried its head in the sand as yet another health worker breathed his last unsaved by the care his 5000 naira hazard allowance could cover. Killed because he stood by the Hippocratic oath in the face of danger.
There were no longer beds available at the Lassa center and staff worked in trepidation setting up makeshift tents and dragging old beds unto the open field for wounded soldiers. Yet the silence continued…
The rats have won, the rats have won! That would be the dirge soon if something wasn’t done to curb the growing number of victims. Victims whose close contacts could not be fully traced till the next set dropped like flies.
Lassa is here,
Lassa strikes fear
Lassa is on a killing spree
while the culprit rats still run free!
Protect your food
because the government doesn’t seem to care about the deaths in your neighborhood!!!
Dear Nigerian government, you have a duty to your people and to your health personnel! #endthesilence
Dear News media, you promised us unbiased, real time news! Give Lassa a voice so we can curb this menace. #endthesilence
Dear Health personnel, protect yourself first. Universal precautions could save your life. Assume the worst with every patient. Any patient with a history of fever should be screened. #staywoke
Dear Nigerian, na only one life you get. Kill the rats, don’t touch their urine, faeces or blood. Don’t eat rats and store your grains and food in plastic containeres with covers so that rats can’t urinate or pass faeces on them. #staywoke
God help us all!
And God bless the families of thise who have lost their lives to this virus especially the health workers killed in the line of duty.
Say NO to this deafening silence. The Nigerian government should tackle this issue NOW!!!