Covid-19: Lock-down, Collateral Birth and Impact on Population
The year 2020 was projected by analyst to be a year of significant advancement in the economy, science and technology and general human life and standard of living. The world and particularly Nigerians, were filled of great expectations for the year. No one had any idea that a similar incident of the Spanish Influenza of 1918 would reoccur any time soon.
Although the emergence of the pandemic is recorded to have started in China, December 2019 and by 30th January, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported 7818 cases worldwide of which the majority were from China and 82 from 18 countries outside of China. This prompted an international state of emergency, with world leaders confused as to the next step to take to contain the spread of the virus.
With the number of COVID-19 patients on the increase in various parts of the world, on the 11th of March, 2020, WHO declared COVID-19 a Pandemic and started solidarity funds to that effect. The leaders of the affected countries after deliberations resolved to effect a lock-down in their respected countries as a means to curtail the spread of the virus which had become a pandemic.
The first case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was recorded on the 29th of February, 2020 and the virus spread quickly. This was what prompted the nation wide lock-down and implementation of certain policies by government to curtail the spread. The lock-down had several effects on the country and the world at large. The closing down of airports and seaports meant there was no more importation or exportation of essential goods and services and Nigeria been a country that depends mostly on imported goods was in trouble. The crude oil that was also heavily relied upon for national profit could not also be exported which invariably meant no International Trading between countries. In Nigeria, policies like “Stay At Home” directive and Social Distancing, ban on Social Gatherings, the compulsory use of face mask and good personal hygiene were implemented alongside the lock-down directive on the 30th of March, 2020 by president Muhammadu Buhari.
The implementation of the lock-down by the Federal Government resulted in staying at home by all citizens across the country. This meant that couples who couldn’t spend time together at home had over 14 days to do that. The law of procreation is in human nature just like baby boomer generation after the second World War (1946 – 1964). In the midst of global catastrophe, the need for procreation is incurable and some applies to current situation of the COVID-19 lock-down. Couples who were had a 9am to 5am work schedule were forced to stay home and had a lot of free time. Also, the low income earner like a trader and his wife were given more time together at home to procreate.
The Coronavirus has left a devastating effect on the country with over 20,919 confirmed cases. The number of deaths recorded from the pandemic is insignificant to the current population and not to forget the increase that will occur as a result of collateral birth from couples who do not practice any Family Planning method.
Written by: Yakubu Gana