It portends grave danger for our health system – NARD
A medical expert and First Vice Chairman of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Dr Arome Adejo, says the practice of allowing people from abroad to mingle with the larger society without carrying out necessary tests on them portends grave danger for the country and its people.
In a telephone chat with our correspondent, he said it is not enough for them to present test results they had done over there on arrival, adding: “If people are leaving here for Germany and on arriving there, they are meant to do the test again. They should also do the same thing here because of the incubation period.
“You might have been exposed after you did the initial test at the airport. They have to repeat the test. If they are allowing them to enter the country without doing the test, it means we don’t know what we are doing.
“If they have been allowed to mingle with the larger society, it is the fault of the people whose responsibility it is to make the deportees do the test.”
Such practice, Arome said, is the reason why they as resident doctors are lamenting that people are not held responsible in this country.
He said: “Ours is a country where things are not taken seriously until they escalate. We are not setting our priorities right. They need to repeat the test here on arrival.
“Obviously, it is right for them to come back here and do another test if they have not been vaccinated. If they don’t do the test, it is wrong.
“We have some countries that are seeing their third wave now. We don’t need to introduce the third wave into this country. It is absolutely wrong.”
He also expressed disappointment at claims by government agencies that they were not aware of the deportation, saying: “It is a shame if government agencies say they are not aware of the deportation. Was it not a plane that brought them?
“Even if those people are not deportees, everybody coming into the country has certain protocols they must observe.
“We have travelled abroad. There was a time I was kept at the airport abroad for six hours. They should not be saying that they are not aware. If they say so, it is an embarrassment.
“This is why we are saying that people should be held responsible.”
A public affairs analyst and former president of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Mazi Okechukwu Unegbu, blamed the development on inconsistencies in government policies.
He said: “Our government is like a government of triple or quadruple standard. What you hear today is not what you will hear tomorrow. There is no consistent policy from them.
“Allowing deportees from Germany to come in without subjecting them to tests is very unfortunate, and that is part of the double standards I am talking about.”
He feared that the action of the authorities was tantamount to joking with the lives of the entire citizens.
“They are endangering most of us, particularly those of us that have not had the opportunity of taking the jab.
“Our government needs to be consistent with what they are doing, otherwise, the implication is that they will be endangering the lives of many Nigerians.
“Economically, it is also very dangerous for the country. The government should realise that any policy they take has an implication on the larger economy.”
Asked if the cost of the tests could have made the authorities take such a decision since the deportees might not have the wherewithal, Unegbu said: “If the government didn’t subject them to tests because of the cost of doing so, it would be dangerous. The government has the responsibility to protect the citizens.
“If possible, the government can bear the cost and make claims on them later. Since they have their passports they can trace them later.
“But I must tell you that it is dangerous for them to have allowed them to enter the larger society without the normal process of testing and quarantining them.
“Testing is very important because without it, some of them may not show the actual result.
“The government needs to protect the citizens through their policies. Unfortunately, some of the civil servants are just too careless. If you come out of the airport and see how they behave, you will wonder how Nigeria is not having a pandemic escalated beyond what we have.
“Honestly, Nigeria is blessed through nature and not through the actions of our workers.”
German authorities snatched our children from us – Deportees
Some of the deportees alleged that the German authorities took their children from them before they were deported.
One of them, a fair complexioned woman, had lost her voice crying over the loss of her only child to the German authorities. She was said to have cried from when they left the airport in Germany till she arrived in Lagos.
She said: “They took my 18-year-old daughter from me. I don’t know how I will see her again.
“They brainwashed her seriously and immediately they took her from me. I was put in prison before they deported me.
“I have not eaten for the past five days because I didn’t want them to poison my food. They handcuffed me and tied me to my seat with a belt.
“My concern is about my daughter.”
Another deportee said: “They took my children from me and kept me in prison for 18 months before deporting me.
“I would advise you not to travel to a white man’s country because they are very wicked.”
Nigeria’s coronavirus cases compared in Germany, Austria, and Hungary
Checks on countries where the migrants were deported from showed that they have extremely higher cases than Nigeria.
Germany, at the time of compiling this report, ranked 10th on the global COVID-19 chart with over 3,692,908 cases and 89,316 deaths. Hungary placed 32nd with 804,987 cases and 29,774 deaths. Austria placed 38 with 645,552 and 10, 621 deaths. Nigeria ranks distant 81 with 166,534 and 2,099 deaths.