By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Fiery human right lawyer and activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the interim Chairman of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 And Beyond,), says poverty kills faster than COVID-19, urging the government to channel more funds into social investment and prevention of other diseases, while making efforts to purchase vaccines to tackle the pandemic.
Falana gave this charge at a webinar on Wednesday titled, ‘Citizens’ Response to COVID-19 Second Wave and the State of the Health Sector in Nigeria’.
“There is a medical emergency, but for the majority it is not COVID-19. For many years now, the poor majority have been suffering a major health disaster. In 2018 the World Health Organisation estimated that there were perhaps 20,000 deaths each week in Nigeria which could have been avoided if the necessary medical care had been provided.
“This compares to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which has reached less that 50 deaths a week,” Falana said.