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Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Olujide Ojo, consultant public health physician and epidemiologist working at a COVID-19 treatment centre, Lagos State Ambulance Service.

''Although we are working in a highly infectious environment and have contact with coronavirus patients on a daily basis, I derive joy from doing this work. I want to see the populace get better and soon we will be able to tame this coronavirus, or at least limit its spread. There are a few challenges. Our health system needs to be looked into. What we are putting into the system is not enough: from the workforce to the environment, everything needs to be improved. The other challenging thing is the delay in getting the test results back to the patients. From backlog sample it is possible to have quite a large number of positive cases and they are in the community. These people don't know their status, and they are relating with their families and friends, which means we are encouraging community transmission. I believe we can overcome these issues but the general populace too, needs to adhere to the guidelines laid down by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control. If you look at what happened immediately after the lockdown was eased, people started moving around, not observing social distancing and not putting on facemasks. We need to encourage people to social distance, to use facemasks and to wash their hands.''

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