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Renowned virologist urges caution as govt reopens schools, economy

Published by The Nation on Fri, 11 Sep 2020


Agency ReporterA renowned Professor of Virologist and former Vice-Chancellor, Redeemers University, Oyewale Tomori, has called for caution on measures being taken by governments to reopen the economy and educational activities, following a decline in cases of coronavirus infections.He said the reported low cases of the novel virus in the country does not truly represent the actual figure, adding that the truth was that there was a significant drop in testing, which accounts for the drop in the cases of infections.Tomori spoke while delivering a lecture titled, Science and Mis-Science of COVID-19, to mark the 2020 Annual General Meeting Week of Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan chapter on Tuesday.He noted that the series of misinformation and fake news in the social media and the mass media since the disease started and warned governments not to be swayed into making wrong decisions because of misinformation.Decrying the impact of fake news on the socio-economic life of the people since the beginning of the disease, the Professor of Virology warned against complacency both on the part of the government and the citizens.The visual lecture at the Inner Chamber of the Consultants Lounge, UCH, Ibadan was attended by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Samuel Omokhodion and the Chairman, UCH Response Team of Covid-19, Prof. Kayode Osungbade amongst others.The Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), University College Hospital (UCH) chapter, Dr. Dare Olulana, said 11 members of the association were infected by the virus, but expressed thanks that no lives were lost.
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