Nigerians Yet To Take COVID-19 Pandemic Seriously, Continue to Flout Safety Orders…. Boss Mustapha

Written by on May 6, 2020

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Taskforce, PTF, on Covid-19, Mr Boss Mustapha says early assessment of the ease of lockdown phase indicates that Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the deadliness and virulent nature of the COVID-19 disease.

Mr Mustapha who stated this in his opening remark at the daily briefing of the PTF today in Abuja indicated that the Taskforce is concerned about the high possibility of increased seeding of the virus to hitherto un-affected persons and populations.

He listed the areas of concern to include:
• Non-compliance with social/physical distancing guidelines evidenced by higher than advised congregation of people in banks, traffic gridlocks especially at entry points to metropolitan areas and disregard of guidelines on carrying capacity of motor vehicles.

• Increased level of inter-state movements worsened by the dubious concealment of people in food carrying vehicles;

As well as

• Unhygienic and ill-advised use and sharing of masks especially multiple fittings before buying from vendors;

The Covid-19 PTF Chairman re-iterated that Nigerian’s individual and collective safety is in the hands of citizens and re-echoed his call and appeal to Nigerians to demonstrate duty to themselves and their loved ones by minimizing the risk of getting infected by the virus.

He urged all Nigerians to be vigilant and desist from taking undue risks.

PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha

Meanwhile, ​The PTF is deeply worried about reports on the increasing rate of infection of medical doctors and personnel.

The PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha who made this known in Abuja said efforts at training frontline workers about the infectious nature of Covid-19 , would be renewed and urged the health personnel to take utmost care in managing COVID-19 related cases.

Mr Mustapha explained that the overall assessment of compliance with the measures and outcomes of modelling developed by the PTF point in the direction of danger ahead.

He therefore called for personal discipline on the part of citizens as well as increased awareness and enforcement on the part of regulatory bodies.

The Covid-19 PTF Chairman also called on community, religious and traditional leaders, trade associations, professional bodies and organizations to compliment government’s efforts as it had become very obvious that more needed to be done, together.

While government continues to advocate strict compliance with the prescribed measures, Mr Mustapha urged Nigerians to also use this period of pandemic to build social solidarity by eschewing stigmatisation, support the mental well being of those that are infected, continue to provide for the poor, the sick, aged and vulnerable in whatever manner.

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