Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has differed on the widespread belief that Nigeria is currently experiencing the second wave of COVID-19.
Makinde expressed his disagreement with the notion that the country like most others is mired in a new wave while granting newsmen interview at a media parley in Ibadan when asked about his assessment of the implementation of the protocols in place to stem the tide of the rampaging disease vis-à-vis the first and the second waves.
“There is no second wave of COVID-19. We are still in the first wave, because I asked experts on the issue of wave and they made reference to the 1918 Spanish Flu. The first wave was during winter and they got a respite because they went through summer, heat and by the second winter, they had another flare-up in their situation.
“But here, it is summer all year round. We don’t have winter. So, we are still dealing with the same situation since March of last year,” the governor said in response.
Makinde, a COVID-19 survivor, said his administration decided against imposing sanctions on violators of the protocols to curtail the disease and instead prioritized advising residents on ways to achieve a healthy immune systems including eating bitter kola and taking bitter leaf soup.
His word, “On the enforcement of usage of face masks, this government spent N60 million to make one million face masks and we expect that we should see the active population, the market people and everybody that is supposed to wear face masks, put that at 5 million in Oyo State, wear the masks. And if we provided one million face masks, when you go out on the street, you want to see at least 20 per cent compliance but we did not see that because the risk perception here was quite low.
“So, I think we should focus more on the advisory that we gave out. By just being modest, Professor Alonge and his team and Professor Olaleye, the head of the Virology Unit in UCH, Dr. Ibiyemi, Dr. Fowotade are some of the best brains you can get anywhere in the world. We sat down when we realised we were faced with a situation such as this, we asked ourselves what to do and we said we should focus on things that will boost the immune system. We gave out the advisory and we expect people to follow it, because they are very simple things. You do dogonyaro steam, eat bitter cola. You eat bitter leaf soup. If you put bitter leaf soup in egusi, I mean, they are things we do normally and they boost the immune system. So that’s one of the things that we said we have to do and we will also work on the risk perception.”