By Bilesanmi Abayomi
Several years ago, Lagos State Government was accorded the best opportunity to place a ban on street begging but carelessly allowed it to slip and now is another opportunity availed to the State as Almajiris tested positive for covid-19 as reported in Kaduna and Kano respectively.
Grandma beggars at Garage Round about Ikorodu
These beggars in their thousands are homeless without regards for personal protective equipments PPEs, handwashing, hand sanitizing, social and physical distancing policy as observed at many of their hoods in the Centre of Excellence.
These beggars fondly called “Almajiri” are factors that can influence the spread of the novel COVID-19.
According to W.H.O., A number of environmental factors can influence the spread of communicable diseases that are prone to cause epidemics. The most important of these are: water supply, sanitation facilities and climate.
Out of School Children beggars
The shortage or total absence of potable water, inadequate excreta disposal facilities, poor hygiene, poor living conditions and unsafe food can all cause diarrhea. These diseases are a major cause of suffering and death in an emergency situation.
Climate can affect disease transmission in a variety of ways.
The distribution and population size of disease vectors can be heavily affected by local climate. Flooding after heavy rains can result in sewage overflow and widespread water contamination. In addition, there are evidences suggesting that pathogens can be spread from one region to another along air, streams or by wind.
This moment of National Emergency provides an ample opportunity for Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State to pay special attention to all the Almajiris or Maibaras in the Smart City in bringing to fruition his THEMES agenda by evacuating, testing and finally sending them back to their family if truly the war against Corona Virus is not being fought with levity or to further vindicate those who themed it as conspiracy and COVID-19 scam.
“An emergency situation demands emergency response’ Consequently, all these homeless should be sent back to their respective home states and relatives because they are COVID-19 and other related diseases exposed persons.
Gov. Sanwoolu taking the beggars off the streets is an aggressive and critical life saving mission that will help in preventing the spread of the chinese virus and other diseases in various Commmunities these maibara” beggars” dwell across the state to curb the scary and alarming rate at which the virus spread accross communities.