COVID-19 Pandemic is a global health crisis unlike any in the last 75 years.

It is killing people, spreading human suffering and even transforming into an economic crisis.

Health care systems in many nations are at the brink of a collapse as the structures are unable to hold the demands placed on it.

There had been numerous cases of widespread community infection in different countries and this has necessitated the strict measures of lockdown in different parts of the world.

Every available media has been used to propagate information to the general public and certain guidelines have also been advocated to contain the spread.

While this pandemic is affecting all population across different age groups, the impact of the
disease burden is not felt equally.

People living in poverty, older people, those with disabilities, refugees and inmates from the disadvantaged group.

Prisons in Nigeria commonly referred to as correctional facilities are dreadful.

They are often overcrowded and inmates share filthy cell rooms without mattresses while most of them sleep on bare floors and are often exposed to a myriad of diseases and infections.

The lack of access to quality healthcare makes the issues more complicated. Death of inmates
prison are frequent occurrences that don’t make headline news.

A COVID-19 outbreak within the walls of the prison will spell doom for Nigeria. There are 240 prisons in the country with more than
75,000 inmates including juveniles, and pregnant women.

The conditions of these people are already deplorable without a pandemic, it is very unlikely that they will survive an outbreak.

The government response has been about decongesting custodial centers by releasing older inmates and those about to complete their term.

There isn’t any real response to improve the welfare of those still behind bars.

A visit to some of the facilities left us in shock as most of the inmates had no access to basic living commodities like soap and toiletries.

It is on this premise that we launched the COVID-19 Mission to Prisons Project

To improve awareness of the Coronavirus disease and advocate for better hygienic
practices in correctional facilities in Nigeria.

To provide awareness of the COVID-19 disease process and health guidelines for inmates in correctional facilities with no access to print or digital media.

Dr. Lucky Aziken and his team launched the COVID-19 MISSION TO PRISONS in a bid to shield prisons from microbial activities and improve personal & corporate hygiene in this Corona era.

“Where there is a will, there will always be a way” He said after series of research, testing & retesting, we developed a product: DOXA Antiseptic Wash, (DOXA; Greek: glory) a brand new formula with germicidal properties, capable of protecting from microbes.

Dr. Lucky said It is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, & even antiCOVID 😁 which comes in a liquid form and foams like normal soap.

He added that, the liquid formation is useful for hand washing, mopping, washing dishes and cleaning of convenience and surfaces of any form.

He added that, himself and his team took the initiative to set up 10 wash points in a correctional facility where they also donated 200 bottles of 500ml & 20 Litres of DOXA Antiseptic Wash.

They also pasted 11 pieces of 31″ X 25″ awareness stickers everywhere in the prison.

Dr. Lucky concluded saying, this is just a reminder, “There is glory in a pandemic, endeavor to find yours” while he also thanked his members of his team Nike, Ubong, Unlike and Bamidele.

 

MEET DR LUCKY AZIKEN

”Lucky Aziken is an exceptional Optometrist working to provide sustainable access to quality and affordable eye care services in neglected communities in Nigeria. He is the Founder of several initiatives: Vision Care Givers International, a frontline Non-profit working in eye health, health education and community development. VCGi Health Systems Ltd, a social enterprise running a network of eye clinics, Vision Hub Academy, a virtual platform providing mentorship to the next generation global leaders and emedisar.com, online medical information and artificial intelligence platform.

He is a Commonwealth Scholar, Mandela Washington fellow, LEAP Africa fellow and One Young World Ambassador, serving as the chairman of the One Young World Healthcare local and global working group.

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Report by Bondze Blessing Jessica (Nigeria)