A Mess of Your Own Making
In a blistering article, the international news agency, Bloomberg highlights several of the shortcomings of the Nigerian elite which exacerbated the current crisis. Primarily, the Nigerian elite have for the past few decades been able to avoid the poor healthcare in the country by flying abroad for treatment. Now due to the Coronavirus the country is in lockdown and those who have power/wealth who would otherwise fly abroad for treatment must use the very systems they have chronically underinvested in.
Among Nigeria’s registered health professionals are 75,000 doctors, 180,709 nurses and 25,000 pharmacists, according to the health ministry. With 0.5% hospital beds per 1,000 people and a population of roughly 200 million, that’s far below thresholds set by the World Health Organization. Only five laboratories are able to test for the virus.