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KeneChukwu Okeke: 1st May: COVID-19, Nigerian workers and the future of our country

May Day is not just a time of commemoration for the working class. Events such as the deaths of over a hundred health workers around the world in recent weeks remind us that this is also a solemn occasion, a time when we bow our heads to respect those who have fallen. On May 1, we remember that the red on the insignia of most workers’ federations is not accidental or for artistic reasons. The workers’ blood stained every fold.

A Nigerian doctor exposed to a COVID-19 patient in his private clinic died from the SARS-COV-2 infection. Emeka Chugbo was taken to the University of Lagos Educational Hospital on Monday with “severe symptoms” and died Wednesday that same week. A pregnant UK nurse died before she could meet her daughter; Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong was hospitalized on April 7 after testing positive for COVID-19 two days earlier.
Most of these health workers work on the front lines and take care of patients, while some were retired but continued to work.

Rarely has a crisis of this magnitude had such a serious impact on our planet in such a short time. This is an unprecedented challenge for our societies, which humanity must face together to overcome. Workers are absolute idealists and employers must do everything possible to retain their workers and help them overcome the difficulties posed by the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workers must accept wage sacrifices and austerity measures in order for companies to continue operating. Employers should not lay off workers at the first sign of economic distortion, both employers and workers must have a longer-term vision and workers must try to help companies survive while companies get better. conditions to rebuild when the economy recovers.

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the everyday heroes who live among us, especially our health workers. Despite the enormous challenges and overwhelming stresses ahead of them, the additional strain on the health care system and physical and emotional needs are still there to keep mothers and babies healthy and safe and to provide care. essential doctor for children. .


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