The chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Adamawa State chapter, Most Rev Dr. Stephen Dami Mamza has disclosed that the coronavirus disease is overly exaggerated noting that such over exaggeration has led patients to go through unnecessary fear and psychological tension that usually result in deaths.
Mamza who made the revelation at a press conference to mark his healing from the deadly virus on Saturday thanked the people for their show of love and prayers while he was in isolation center.
“I personally feel that the effect of coronavirus probably has been over exaggerated in Nigeria as a matter of fact.
“And I think the fear that has been instilled into people is too much. It is not a death sentence and it is not probably as bad as people are talking about it.
” You can get well after infection and even if you have the underlining illnesses that people are talking about, because fear is the one that can paralyse somebody.
“Some people died actually because of fear. As soon as they are announced coronavirus positive, the fear cannot allow them to sleep, they feel that death sentence has already been announced.
” But that should not be the case. People should not be panicky and too afraid of it. In as much as they abide by the protocols,” he said.
Mamza who is full of appreciation for the front line health workers urged the government not to allow them to go on their proposed strike on Monday because the consequence of that is better imagined that witnessed.
” Nigerians need to appreciate the efforts of health workers, those in the front line, those that go out to collect the samples, those that work in the lab and the doctors and nurses that go to the treatment centers.
” That is why I feel very sad when I heard over the news that from Monday, medical workers are going on strike. It is very sad.
” The govt should please attend to the needs of the doctors immediately so that there won’t be strike. We have today and tomorrow before Monday. Government should ensure reaching out to the health workers to avert the strike,” he said.
The cleric urged the people to continue to abide by the NCDC protocols adding that despite the deadly nature of COVID-19 it is not a death sentence.
“I want to advise the general public that corovarus is real and there is need for the public to take necessary precautionary measures especially the protocols like putting of face mask, washing of hands with running water and maintaining social distance,” he said.
He noted that God probably allowed him to be afflicted by the virus to serve as example to others that the virus is no respecter of one’s social or spiritual position and to educate others on the fact that the disease is real.
Mamza noted that the virus has exposed Nigeria’s weaknesses in terms of health facilities urging the authorities to rescue the health sector which is in a comatose state.