Andrew Esiebo/Panos Pictures

Ikenne, Ogun, Nigeria

Adeyemi, a registered nurse at the Ogun Isolation Centre.

"My parents don't know that I am here. I have only told my husband and siblings because I know my dad will be scared. I also have colleagues that have been calling me, asking me why I volunteered to do such work. But not once have I regretted it because the experience has beenâwow! One thing I've learnt here is to be more lenient with patients. They call us on the phone to minimise our physical contact, so sometimes the patients are angry. When I pick the calls, immediately I just say: 'Hello, good afternoon', just to try and calm them down. I think the reason why people don't believe there is a coronavirus is because of the way it affects people here in Nigeria. There have not been as many severe cases, and even the number of deaths has reduced. While queuing at the bank last week I overheard some people say that 'there is no coronavirus. It is just a way for people to embezzle money'. I wanted to tell them that I work at an isolation centre, but I figured that might have actually scared them. You know behind the surface, there's always a stigma attached to virus. For instance, I bought something online that was sent to my former station at Ijebu-Ode. When I went there to pick the things up, a senior colleague in charge of the ward ordered me out. I wanted to give her the money for the delivery but she refused to take the money from me. She told me that I should give the money to my matron. I was there with my husband and he saw the drama. I still have it in mind to go to her ward to tell her that she is a wicked person. It is mean that with all I have been doing here, sacrificing my life to care for people, and she doesn't value it. The stigma is really bad.''

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