Nigerians counteract COVID-19 denialism with social media campaigns
Ogun State COVID-19 Isolation Centre. Image by Dr. Opeyemi Adeyemi, used with permission.Nigerians are reducing the effect of COVID-19 denial narratives with powerful online Twitter campaigns such as #MyCOVID19NaijaStory and #COVIDStopswithMe.These counter-narratives aim to prove that the deadly coronavirus is not a hoax and more importantly, to encourage people to adopt good public health behaviours to mitigate its spread.As of July 29, Nigeria had recorded 41,804 confirmed COVID-19 cases,18,764 recoveries and 868 deaths.COVID-19 denialism in NigeriaMany Nigerians believe that the coronavirus...
A never-ending cycle of doctors’ strikes and funding debacles leaves Nigerians at the mercy of the pandemic
Doctors walk past women with lying in a ward of the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, via Flickr photo by Sunday Alamba/Commonwealth Secretariat / CC BY-NC 2.0.Doctors in Lagos State embarked on a three-day strike from July 13 to 15, to protest the absence of adequate safety and welfare measures for doctors working with COVID-19 patients.The Premium Times online newspaper reported that Oluwajimi Sodipo, head of the Lagos Doctors Guild, announced the strike at a press briefing on July 12, in protest of the disparity between COVID-19 hazard allowances for Lagos doctors and their...