- The FG has urged Nigerians to explore Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions ( NPIs) in containing the COVID-19 pandemic
- NPIs include social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene among others
- Going further, the FG urged Nigerians not to take the disease lightly
Nigerians have been urged to take ownership of the initiatives for non-pharmaceutical interventions.
The call was made on Wednesday, April 29, by Osagie Ehanire, the minister of Health, at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Daily Trust reports.
Non-pharmaceutical interventions include social distancing, hand and respiratory hygiene in addition to rigorous surveillance (case identification, laboratory diagnosis, contact tracing).
"The increasing figure of confirmed cases underscores the ongoing community transmission, which is a major challenge and again necessitates a call on all citizens not to take this COVID-19 lightly; but to take ownership of the initiatives for non-pharmaceutical interventions with strict adherence to public health advisories: maintain social distance, practise hand and respiratory hygiene, avoid crowded places and wear your mask or a face covering when you leave your house,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that with federal government hinting at lifting the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, 70% of Nigerians said they would not be comfortable using public transport in as much as the Covid-19 still persists - a poll has shown.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in his national broadcast on Monday, April 27, eased the lockdown measures imposed on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja beginning from Monday, May 4.
President Buhari stated that the decision is in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, various federal government committees and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
He also ordered the total lockdown of Kano state for two weeks in a bid to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the state.
As Nigerians look forward to seeing the lockdown fully lifted with economic activities nationwide fully set on the move, many Nigerians have expressed their anxiety on public transportation which will see people jostle for buses in Lagos amid rising coronavirus tension.
In a poll by Legit.ng on Facebook on Tuesday, April 27, seeking the opinion of Nigerians on the anticipated move, 70% expressed their fear of boarding public transports in Lagos and other states.
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