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Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
This assures that everyone has the 'right to health'.
Notably, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2019 conference on the rights of older people, hosted by ECOWAS parliament in collaboration with Human and People’s Rights, had hinted significantly on rights of older people.
However, it is quite unfortunate that we had the outbreak of Covid-19 this year, 2020 and this has served as a threat to human health.
Following the inception of Covid-19 cases in Nigeria, the federal government in its fight against Covid-19, declared lockdown and enforced curfew on citizens, urged citizens to take responsibility of their lives, even as citizens above the 60 years were earlier warned by the minister of health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, not to leave their houses.
According to him, "It is unethical to reject patients who come for treatment because of COVID-19. Be your brother’s keeper and wear your masks. Stay in your house and do not go out except when necessary. Persons above 60 years should be urged to not leave their houses"
Recently, there is an indication that the Federal Government might declare another lockdown in July 2020 as Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has stressed that, the way Nigerians are romancing the virus was an indication of danger in the nearest future, and if it were within his power to declare lockdown, he would do so.
Apparently, older people don't have as strong immune system as younger people; hence, they are more vulnerable to infectious diseases and this was the impetus behind the aforementioned warning of Dr. Osagie Ehanire.
In the same vein, citizens above 50 years should take note of this message NCDC has sent to all Nigerians. It reads thus;
"Those over 50 years and with chronic health conditions, are at more risk of complications or death from COVID-19. Please take care and protect your loved ones."
It is Paramount that citizens above 50 years, should be mindful of their health and take full responsibility of their lives.
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