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Lagos lawyer unveils book on COVID-19 lessons

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By Adenike Ayodele

Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world, a Lagos-based lawyer and Deputy Publisher of Lawbreed publications, Mrs Adejoke Layi-Babatunde, says the lessons from the pandemic must not be forgotten in a haste.

Layi-Babatunde said this via zoom at the launch of her book on Sunday titled: “Whispers of Resilience: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Living Mindfully”.

She said the impact of the pandemic was not only felt by human beings, health institutions but travel, businesses, education, families and interactions, among others.

Layi-Babatunde said the book provides a realistic picture of the impact of COVID-19, how it shaped life economically.

“The book deals with what is needed to rebuild a dynamic life as well as how pandemic aided the use of technology in the country,” Layi-Babatunde said.

The author ,therefore, called on government at all level and the medical world to rise up to the occasion in a more prepared, strategic way to swiftly protect their citizens’ health when there is another pandemic.

According to her, healthcare is needed to improve generations.

“The 1918 Pandemic Flu killed several millions out of the so many millions of people infected with the virus worldwide.

“The number infected was one-third of the human population at that time. It was the first pandemic recorded in the 20th century.

“At that time, knowledge about treating and preventing such a pandemic was not advanced,” she said.

The event chaired by Mr Wale Adesokan (SAN) was attended by people from different countries as well various professionals and some survivors of the pandemic who shared their experiences.

The event also had in attendance, the first female Attorney-General of Lagos State, Hariat Balogun (SAN), the Lawbreed Publisher, Mr Layi Babatunde (SAN), Deacon Dele Adeshina (SAN), Engineer Olaitan Onalaja, Chief Iyiola Oladokun and Mr Sheriff Daramola, among other dignitaries.

Dr Chigozie Mbadugha, a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head, Editorial Department, CambaBooks, while reviewing the book said that Layi- Babatunde chronicled the impact of the pandemic life generally.

Mbadugha said that the author reviewed past pandemics and looked at the resilience and resourcefulness of the human spirit.

“Layi-Babatunde details the inventions, the desire to solve the problems and challenges that manifested during the pandemic.
“She has taken on the bold task of writing about a topic that some do not dare to because some people would rather forget.

“I am glad this book will hit our shelves soon because I remember looking for literature about the Spanish Flu which happened in 1918 and wondering why there was so little information about it until COVID-19 took the world by storm.

“She takes a philosophical stance about what really matters and what is really a priority for man when faced with an invisible enemy like COVID-19,” Mbadugha said.

The reviewer described Whispers of Resilience as a book that should be in every family, school and public library.

“The book provides first hand information and facts for generations to come about a pandemic we witnessed and how we overcame,” she said.

Onalaja said the book was a constant reminder of the trauma people went through.
He added that the book was impactful and should be in every learning institution.

Also speaking, Daramola described the book as a heritage that would serve as guide for present and future.

Edited by Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma

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