Andrew Esiebo/Panos Pictures

Ikenne, Ogun, Nigeria

Akinola Oluwaranti, a hygienist at the Ikenne Isolation Centre.

"I am a staff member of the Ogun State Government, Ministry of Health, public health department's hygiene and safety units to be precise. Normally, we go outdoors to inspect places like factories and food premises to ascertain the levels of hygiene. But here I am performing a totally different role as a member of the COVID-19 rapid response team. I've received so many calls from my family, friends and professional colleagues saying that this virus is not real. But I tell them to visit some of the isolation centres in Ogun State, then they will truly know it is real. I have given them pictorial evidence: photos of the isolation centre, I even sent a photo of an ambulance bringing in patients, and now they believe it's true. They are now extra cautious, using the nose guard and maintaining social distancing. I think the government should do something to make people understand that coronavirus is real. Maybe doing an audio interviewing with a survivor, or something that would prevent any stigma."

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Andrew Esiebo/Panos Pictures
Ikenne, Ogun
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42.33 x 31.64 cm (300 dpi)
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