“It was difficult to get people to present early, because they were scared.”

Dr Ojikutu, Doctor, Lagos

What’s it like treating COVID-19?

We talk to a doctor on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

All over the world, doctors, nurses and specialists have been working around the clock to fight COVID-19 and save lives.

Here, Dr Jibola Ojikutu talks about what it was like treating patients in Lagos, Nigeria.

He explains how the experience has changed since the start of the pandemic as health workers developed a deeper understanding of the virus, and patients overcame their fear to get tested and treated.

Dr Ojikutu was part of the first team in his hospital to volunteer to treat COVID-19. He says it was a scary experience at the start. He and his colleagues even invested in their own PPE to help protect themselves while supplies were low.

Health workers like Dr Ojikutu are continuing to combat the virus and save lives. Verified thanks the pandemic’s heroes, like him and all of the health and care workers around the world who continue to risk their lives to keep us safe.

We must all continue to help them by doing what we can to help stop the spread – wash hands regularly, physically distance, wear masks and take the vaccine when it is offered.