While it co-ordinates emergency actions from countries affected by the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised the nations, including Nigeria, what to do as they embark on lockdown in most of their territories.
WHO has given a six-point strategy to these affected nations that have imposed a long-term curfew and stricter measures to ensure social distancing amid the spreading global pandemic.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the international organisation, in a recent press briefing has pointed out that these measures which he described as time buying, will not eliminate the virus.
However, Ghebreyesus admitted that the move will bring about a definite step needed to curb the spread of the disease and in turn save lives.
Below are six proposed steps from WHO to countries observing curfews:
1. Expand transportation systems and deploy healthcare and public health workforce
2. Implement a viable system that will detect every suspected case at the community level
3. Increase production capacity and availability of testing
4. Identify, adapt, and equip facilities that will be used for treatment
5. Establish a clear strategy and process to quarantine contacts
6. Refocus government agencies on tackling and controlling the disease
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari had stopped all movements in the FCT, Lagos, and Ogun states in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The president gave the directive in a presidential broadcast on Sunday evening, March 29, adding that the directive will be for an initial period of 14 days.
Legit.ng gathered that the president said that the lockdown will take effect from 11pm on Monday, March 30.
"Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
"This restriction will also apply to Ogun state due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two states.
"All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period," the president said.
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