COVID 19: Abuja NGO shut down due to coronavirus

COVID 19: Abuja NGO shut down due to coronavirus

- The report of 5 new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria has sent many Nigerians on panic mode

- Many Nigerians and organisations are already taking preventive measures to curb the spread

- The Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has shut down its office in Abuja as a preventive measure

The Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) has shut down its office in Abuja as a preventive measure to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement released on Wednesday, March 18, DRAC says it is suspending all activities and shutting down temporarily until the situation clarifies.

COVID 19: Abuja NGO shut down due to coronavirus

People with disabilities in Nigeria already suffer from lack of quality medical care.
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Part of the statement read: “As soon as the news broke of its presence in Nigeria, we at DRAC took immediate steps to put in place response and prevention measures.

“This was further necessitated by the vulnerability of persons with disabilities who constitute the majority of our staff, volunteers and beneficiaries and who are not usually prioritized in emergency responses.

“Our response team has today advised that in view of the latest information on the identification of 5 new cases today March 18, we suspend all project activities and close down the office for at least 2 weeks while we review the situation and see how things play out.

“This decision is even more crucial as our healthcare facilities are currently inaccessible to persons with disabilities, it would, therefore, be double jeopardy and almost fatality to expose them to risks that could land them in hospital.”

Meanwhile, some experts have cautioned that Nigeria should take necessary action to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in the country, noting that it is worse than coronavirus.

The experts made the comment at the Pre-World TB media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, March 17.

While coronavirus kills about 60 people daily, tuberculosis kills over 3,000 people daily worldwide. In Nigeria, 18 people die of TB every hour.

They called on the Nigerian government to pay serious attention to TB, stressing that it is a more dangerous disease than the dreaded coronavirus.

In a related development, a new study has revealed that coronavirus can remain infectious in droplets in the air for hours and on surfaces up to days.

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, carried out the study.

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