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Ikenne, Ogun, Nigeria

Segun Olalowo, a medical doctor at the Ogun Isolation Centre.

''As soon as I heard about the pandemic and how it was sweeping through the globe, I knew there was going to be a point at which every health worker would have to stand up and make a sacrifice towards eliminating the virus. It is just like being a soldier: you go to the frontline so that the war you are fighting doesn't affect your loved ones. We are facing several challenges here at the isolation centre, from electricity to availability of water and also the environment. On several occasions, we've had patients telling us that there is no water in the toilet or for them to have their bath, and there are also times when the solar panel will just trip off, probably because there was no sunshine to charge the battery. There are also lots of mosquitos and the accommodation is not too comfortable for us. But of course, we are Nigerians and we can adapt to any situation we find ourselves in. Our ultimate goal is not actually to come here and sleep but to help others. This is just for a short period of time. COVID-19 will surely go away at some point, and then we will go back to our normal lives. The fact that we are getting patients and then we are discharging them, the good thing is actually their words of encouragement. Most of the time, when they get home, they will send us text messages, telling us that they appreciate us, and that has actually been a very good motivation.''

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