COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria: Palliative Measures and the Politics of Vulnerability

Int J MCH AIDS. 2020;9(2):220-222. doi: 10.21106/ijma.394. Epub 2020 Jul 8.

Abstract

In a bid to slow the rate of spread of the virus, the Federal Government of Nigeria, on several occasions, imposed targeted lockdown measures in areas with rapid increase of Covid-19 cases. The states in which the federal government imposed the targeted lockdown included Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. Some States in the country imposed partial lockdown and closure of interstate boarders. Curfews have also been introduced in all the states nationwide. To alleviate the effects of the lockdown, the Federal Government of Nigeria rolled out palliative measures for targeted groups. However, lamentations have trailed the distribution of government palliatives by the masses. Citizens allege that the process of distribution of palliatives had been politicized.

Keywords: Corona virus; Covid-19; Nigeria; Palliatives.