Eleven Nigerians living in South Africa have reportedly lost their lives to the corona virus pandemic in the country.
Disclosing this via a statement released on Wednesday, the President of the Nigerian Union in South Arica (NUSA), Mr. Adetola Olubajo, informed that this figure is as it affects Guateng province alone, stating that it was yet to get figures from other provinces in South Africa.
According to Adetola, “At the last count, 11 Nigerians have died from COVID-19 in Guateng Province alone. I have attended the funeral of some of them,” he informed.
Speaking further, the union president said, “Many people believe that the pandemic is politically motivated and fake, that they are just seeing figures, but on the contrary, we have seen quite a number of our people that have died from the disease in South Africa”.
Speaking on challenges survivors of the virus are faced with and steps taken so far by the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Adetola said, “Another challenge we have is stigmatization and refusal of infected people to disclose their status.” “We have provided a channel through which the identities of infected people will be protected and we give them the much needed support.”
“For instance, in case someone can’t get an ambulance, as soon as we get such a call. We ensure the person gets the ambulance” he says.
Mr. Adetola, who has been widely extoled for his proactive engagements in ensuring adequate support and assistance in form of palliatives are provided to as many Nigerians as possible especially during the COVID-19 induced lock-down in the South African country, further divulged that the Union was working with a team of Nigerian and South African health professionals in the frontline of various hospitals to assist Nigerians with necessary information.
He said “We have provided palliatives to Nigerians in South Africa, but preference was given to vulnerable people like widows, petty traders, and artisans etc. who earns daily living on the streets.
He however added that the union was also planning to link up with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to as much as possible get adequate information.