By Mujidat Oyewole
Some medical experts have urged aged people to stay indoors in order to prevent contact with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other deadly diseases.
The experts gave the advice in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Saturday.
Dr Ayo Mustapha said that people that are 50 years old and above were expected to stay indoors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that they did not have strong immunity to fight the virus.
“Elderly people cannot have the same immunity as the youths, no matter the immunity drugs and fruits they take, because the body cells are getting weaker as they get older.
“They are not strong enough to perform strenuous jobs, or engage in activities that are physically demanding, as this will affect their health condition and it will be difficult to heal,” he said.
Mustapha said that most of the deadly illnesses diagnosed for aged people eventually kills them, except on few occasions when they survived, but it would have cost them a fortune, while others were as a result of God’s intervention.
“There are occasions where a young patient and an elderly patient will be diagnosed for the same ailment and given the same medical attention, but the young patient will survive.
“This indicates that the aged patients have slim chances to survive deadly illnesses, especially when such patients have a history of high blood pressure,” he said.
Dr Shakirat Abdulrahman, said there were more recorded death cases from COVID-19 in adults than children, within the few months of its existence in the country.
She said that everybody was expected to stay indoors to avoid the spread of the disease, as advised by the government, adding that aged people should be more careful.
“Everybody needs to take precaution of the virus and other diseases, but the aged people should be more protected, as most of them are already on drugs for one ailment or the other.
“Parents should take care of their aged patients and grandparents and ensure that they are not stressed and stay indoors always,” Abdulrahman said.
Matron Wasilat Abdulrauf, a Nurse, said that some of the people that died of Coronavirus were patients that were already undergoing treatment for some illnesses before contracting the disease, saying that it is common among the aged people.
She said that some Coronavirus patients died as a result of delay in treatment, while others was as a result of having other illnesses before contracting the virus, so they had more illness to battle with.
Abdulrauf urged parents, grandparents and great grannies to take precaution and also keep the children safe from contracting the virus as well as other illnesses.
NAN recalls that the Kwara Government had ordered total lockdown in the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as the number of confirmed cases rose to nine in the state. (NAN)