By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Kaduna state is said to have recorded a total number of 1,613 confirmed Covid-19 cases making it the 4th on the graph.
However, this seems not to bother residents, as most of them have developed indifference attitude to the use of facemasks as they go about their businesses. And unless the State Government wakes up to this challenge, the state may be experiencing a new surge in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Going along the popular Ahmadu Bello Way in Kaduna North Local Government Area, residents are seen walking freely without face masks.
Also, at the Refinery Junction in Chikun Local Government Area, some citizens were also sighted walking freely without face masks.
Our Reporter estimated about two out of ten residents sighted to have spotted face masks, and this are mostly the elderly ones.
A report from Samaru in Sabon-Gari Local Government Area, indicated that the scenario is the same as people seems to have forgetten to wear face mask.
More worrisome is that social distancing in public places is also fading as if the coronavirus pandemic has abruptly come to an end.
At the various neighborhood markets in the metropolis where our Reporter visited in Sabo Tasha, in Chikun Local Govt. Area and the popular Monday Market – Kakuri in Kaduna South Local Government Area on August 10, 2020 where most of the traders/buyers who were at the markets to transact one business or the other wore no face mask despite the mammoth crowd.
According to the State Government’s guidelines for motorists, a Toyota Hiace public bus is supposed to carry two passengers per row, but now four passengers are carried and the fare hiked.
Prior to the coronavius pandemic, a journey from the Shiekh Abubakar Gumi market to Sabo usually cost N100 but now is N200. It is the same scenario in all parts of the metropolis.
A resident, Aliyu Umar, when asked why he is not wearing a face mask said there is nothing like coronavirus, but a conduit pipe to siphon public funds by few individuals.
In the same vein, Hajya Hauwa Balarabe, who was one of passengers overloaded in a bus and not wearing face mask, said death will come whenever it is her time, so she can’t inconvenience herself with wearing mask or joined a long queue waiting for a bus
Similarly, a Tomatoes/Pepper trader in one of the neighborhood markets in Sabo Tasha, Mrs Magdalene Auta, said she is covered by “the blood of Jesus” when asked by this Reporter why she didn’t spot a face mask.
However, a medical practitioner in a private hospital, Dr Amina Lukeman, expressed dismay over the sudden development, saying people without masks are endangering others lives.
She lamented people flouting safety guidelines put in place to check the spread of covid-19.