COVID-19 Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa: Beyond the Lockdown
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The negative impact of the pandemic and the associated lockdown cannot be overemphasised. However, it is necessary to look beyond the impacts and examine all the possible ways to avert the effect of a future epidemic. First, it is important to know that the deliberate allocation of social benefits for vulnerable citizens cannot be overemphasised and this needs to be done equitably. This is because many African citizens are poor and struggle for daily survival, thus exposure to disaster makes them more vulnerable. Vulnerability is the extent to which a population, an individual or an organisation is incapable of predicting, handling, withstanding and recovering from the effects of disasters. People in this bracket include the economically distressed people, the racial and ethnic minorities, children of low-income families, the elderly, the homeless, the chronically sick citizens including those with mental illness, as well as rural dwellers who have limited access to healthcare services. Therefore, policies should be enacted and implemented to ensure that people in this category are the first recipients of aids and care during emergencies.
Pandemic , Epidemic , Population , Disaster , Rural dwellers , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Akinleye, S.O., O. O. Popogbe and A. O. Ayeni (2021): COVID-19 Pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa: Beyond the Lockdown. In: Bammeke, F., Akinleye S. O. and Ayeni A. O. (Eds), “The Social Impact of COVID-19 on Nigerians: Experiences, Lessons and Reflections.” University of Lagos Press and Bookshop Ltd, Conclusion, pg. 473 - 486.