DON’T BE A DATA POINT ON THE COVID DEATH CHART
It pains me deeply to write this. To even contemplate the possibility of this happening causes me great grief. There’s no joy to be found in death, especially not when it is someone you know that died. And I'm sick and tired of having to do this.
Femi Abegunde, the Deputy Chairman of Deloitte, West Africa, died of COVID-19 in the early hours of Monday, August 30, 2021, in the United Kingdom.
Femi was in the UK for his routine medical checkup when he contracted COVID. Shortly after getting infected, his condition deteriorated; he quickly developed respiratory distress and was admitted into the intensive care unit. Against all hopes, Femi did not make it, he succumbed to COVID-19.
What makes this hurt even more is the fact that Femi tried to do the needful and he wasn't someone who was flippant about his own health. He got vaccinated, albeit partially. He received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Nigeria prior to traveling to the UK. His plan was to take the 2nd dose as part of his medical checkup.
Unfortunately, COVID is no respecter of our timelines, well-laid plans, good intentions, and convenience. The virus got Femi before he was able to complete the full dose of the vaccine.
As devastating as Femi’s passing is to me personally - Femi was family - this sad turn of event presents a learning moment for the vaccine skeptics and COVID doubters out there. Femi's death should be another warning to those tempting fate, risking their lives, and toying with COVID. This is not a virus to trifle with. If you fail to do what you ought to do to not get infected, and you fail to do it on time, sooner or later the virus will get you when you least expect it. And when it does, pain and suffering – and even death – is the result.
Therefore, I’m pleading with you all once again from the bottom of my heart. Don’t be a statistic. Refuse to be a dot on the graph of COVID infection. Don’t be a data point on the epidemiologist death chart. Be smart, be wise, be vaccinated.