The Covid vaccine is not an act of charity – but in our best interests – SIERRA LEONE TELEGRAPH
Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: July 18, 2021:
Since the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic, the world has stood still. In the midst of all the panic, anger and frustrations run deep, the loss of many lives. Without a doubt, the pandemic has left the world and its people in need of a big reset button. As we all know, our lives have ceased to be what they used to be as patterns of work, business relationships, school curricula, relationships, and lifestyles have been altered here and there. While some have given the pandemic biblical interpretations of its prevalence, others have tapped into the bowels of conspiracy art to promote their own understanding.
Even though this is a common affliction that has no consideration or boundaries for race, creed, nationality, class, etc., it matters little in light of the controversies. surrounding it. The issue of the pandemic will never be complete without corresponding but different opinions. Despite the differences, some things are certain; The Covid is real, and it is deadly.
While procedures, restrictions, preventions and finally vaccinations have been used to fight this global scourge, it feels like the Covid is very reluctant to see the backs of us as it continues to mutate into strains more deadly and more resistant. It is as if Covid 19 was saying “since the world has learned to shoot without failing, I will learn to fly without perching”. The race against time and to save lives has never been more imperative. Evidence shows that this virus has the potential to cripple the world, if it hadn’t done so recently.
But it is the British “traffic light system” of Green, Amber and Red; a risk assessment and management plan that is used to deal with potential human vectors of covid, which has made a lot of noise in my part of the country, Sierra Leone. In summary, the covid ‘traffic light’ typically classifies the precautions, restrictions and conditions that visitors and travelers entering and exiting the UK must adhere to, under the ‘Stay in UK’ drive. The UK government implemented ‘Stay in UK’ on May 17th this year, to restart but regulate international travel using the traffic light system. Sierra Leone was comparatively on the “orange” list but will be demoted to “red” on Monday July 19. This is purely due to the covid situation in each country. It is this change of status that has caused a lot of anguish, frustration and anxiety among people and especially Sierra Leoneans.
Below is an overview of the latest data from the WHO dashboard.
|Cumulative total||New cases in 24 hours||Cumulative Death||Death in the last 24 hours|
|UK||5 281 102||47,891||128,593||63|
Looking at the data above and while tempting, it’s understandable to see why some might see the UK government’s latest red card… sorry the red list status as punitive. Many, in their infinite wisdom, have given many reasons for the country’s new Red List status. But again, others have singled out President Maada Bio’s government as solely responsible, though some would argue for obvious reasons. A social media commentator even said that Bio’s government had upped the country’s covid rate because it wanted more money from the WHO. Interestingly, the status of the Red List is neither managed nor determined by the WHO but by the UK government. This sight died on arrival.
But according to the UK, the traffic light system is uniquely determined by the covid situation in each country. By implication, the Covid situation in Sierra Leone has worsened. Many say that since the recent European Nations football competition, the UK has seen a steady increase in the number of cases. It becomes more ironic that despite the increase in the number of cases, the UK is ready to ease its restrictions on the very day Sierra Leone qualifies for the Red List. This means that from Monday 19, masks will no longer be mandatory, although some settings like hospitals and other confined spaces will still require it. Some have called this decision stupid.
According to local sources, Sierra Leone has recorded around 1,000 cases in the past four weeks. While this remains unchecked, it appears to be comparatively low compared to that of the UK, which is easing its restrictions. So what’s the difference here? According to British media, the UK has one of the best immunized citizens in the world. There are eighty million seven hundred and ninety-five thousand eight hundred and fifty-two (80,795,852) who have received the vaccine. It’s a solid percentage there.
In Sierra Leone, a source said the country had only vaccinated a mammoth 3% of its population. According to a reliable source, the government has over six hundred thousand (600,000) vaccines in its possession and ready to be distributed FREE OF CHARGE. Unfortunately, and unfortunately, these vaccines are due to EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, JULY. So if the UK is ready to ease its restrictions in the face of increasing cases of a more virulent Delta strain, where does it get that kind of confidence? It is fair to say that “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, for its trust is not in the branch but in its own wings. The UK is confident in the success of its vaccination campaign. But there might be a hidden message here; that Covid is here to stay and we must now learn to live with it.
Unlike many other countries, it is still surprising to many that until recently the number of reported covid deaths or its prevalence in Sierra Leone remained mysteriously low. Alhamdu lilahi for that. When you compare the length that other countries have gone to tame this virus, you wonder how come our country is still standing. In the absence of a vaccine, we have collectively relied primarily on preventive measures. In addition to treatment and isolation centers, this meant that PCR testing, especially for international travelers and “social distancing” was and continues to present a seemingly viable preventive measure. The government has implemented a recurring state of emergency with nightly curfews and the compulsory wearing of masks. But just as night follows day, a nighttime curfew followed by a jamboree at the Dove Cot or Kroo Ton road market is as futile for social distancing as putting out an oil tanker fire with a cup of water. ‘potable water. Tell that to Sisi Marie at the Congo Ton market.
It goes without saying that reluctance to vaccinate is one of the main reasons why adoption is relatively low in our country. Among the many responsible factors, myths, conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine preachers, culture and, by some imagination, religion, to name a few, have all helped to stem the process. vaccination. Some people may want to use the Ebola epidemic, with all its inherently virulent and catastrophic toll for our people, as a point of reference. Some have said that unlike Ebola, Covid has caused relatively fewer deaths.
There are also those who see the malaria case as the most deadly in the country. This should in no way reassure anyone, and for obvious reasons. If we are to stand a chance against this virulent delta Covid strain, and if we are to increase our chances of preventing a complete paralysis of our economic and social lifelines, it is imperative that PCR testing and social distancing is not enough to them alone. Our reluctance to vaccinate could cost inevitable loss of life. As for those who preach against the vaccine, what do they offer as alternatives? Raw soup or gbangban? Nothing.
The vaccine has shown that an infinitesimal number of people have experienced side effects, along with the medical conditions of some patients. And just like the flu shot / jab, people tend to have brief side effects. Some would argue that the Covid vaccine may not be 100% failure proof, but it is the closest thing to an INSURANCE policy against the virus. In addition, the vaccine gives an emotional release from the emotional suffocation that accompanies Covid restrictions: washing hands, not shaking hands, covering your mouth when you sneeze, keeping two meters apart. , wear a disguise, sorry a mask etc.
The point is that our collective hesitation about vaccines presents our country not only with the potential for a major epidemic and loss of life, but also the risk of a serious threat to many financial services. With the UK leading our country’s christening, it only takes a few other European countries to follow suit, hopefully not, to cripple our travel industry. Even the “jesses” will be forced to stay away; how is christmas going sweet ba? With our economy on survival machines, anyone can guess how much pressure it can take to survive.
As for those who help fuel anti-vaxx theories and indeed vaccine reluctance, what do those vaccinated have to lose? The UK may not have given specific reasons why Sierra Leone was added to the Red List. As a risk assessment and management measure, the UK’s standard reason is due to the covid situation in our country. Having said that, if our vaccination rate was, say, 60%, would Sierra Leone be on the red list? Don’t answer that, but I’m sure you now know what we need to do as citizens to get out of the red zone.
As citizens, we have a collective responsibility not only to prevent the spread of this virus, but also to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Along with our perceived propensity to ignore mask mandates or maintain social distancing, the vaccine gives us the best chance of continuing our normal lives. The vaccine is the closest thing to a semblance of protection against this pandemic. Getting vaccinated is not just for personal reasons, but for the good of everyone. Just ask Boris Johnson. Monday the 19th is FREEDOM DAY in the UK.
The year 2020? I will not recommend it. GO AND GET THE MEK WE COMOT PAN LOCK BUSH VACCINE. LIFE SAVING VACCINE. Remember to turn off the lights when you leave the room.