When the first confirmed case of COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria hit home on the 27th of February, 2020, the frenzy and efforts for containment didn’t stop it eventually spreading to the 35 States and the Federal Capital Territory with data as of 18th September, 2020 showing 56,956 confirmed cases in the country.
Figure 1: Nigeria COVID-19 case Update as of 18th of September, 2020.
The partial and total movement restrictions in most states especially for children and vulnerable adults and seniors have led to extreme restrictions of use of regular playgrounds, social group activities and sports clubs and even visiting shopping malls, recreation centers, visiting families and friends. It has also limited social relations to only closest family members even for those on the same streets. Hence, with seniors spending more time at home due to the lockdown, it is suspected that sedentary activities and no access to their physical rehabilitation put them at higher risk of becoming overweight or obese and losing gains they have made while undergoing recovery programs for cases like #Stroke #SpinalCordInjury #ParkinsonsDisease #JointPain #SpineDegenerativeDiseases #Arthritis etc.
But there is good news in the horizon with the introduction of the nearly 4 million doses of #CoronaVirusVaccine in Nigeria on the 2nd of March 2021, shipped via the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO.
What this means for our numerous clients especially our seniors and aged clients who are in serious need of physical rehabilitation. Lagos state after receiving its own dosage of vaccine quickly rolled out locations in designated primary health centers and other location to enable easy and quick access to vaccinations. Its rapidly evolving and on-going as we enjoin our clients to locate below centers close to their homes and businesses and get vaccinated.
Public health experts call for caution, however, reminding seniors that even when they have received both doses of their Covid shots, the recommendations for masking and social distancing remain the same.
“The vaccine is still not 100 percent effective, and if you’re living basically in a sea of virus, it’s good to be very careful even though you’ve been vaccinated,” said Dr. Manfred Green, director of the public health program at the University of Haifa in northern Israel. “We’re still not sure if someone who is vaccinated could acquire the disease without getting sick, meaning the virus would be with them and they could transmit it to someone else.”
While we are waiting to receive our seniors back to our clinics, we would like to re-assure you that our clinics will continue to observe all infection control and containment protocols laid down by the Lagos state Government and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
Looking forward to receiving you all back to our clinics.