- The NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that Nigeria is still at the beginning of recovering from coronavirus
- Ihekweazu also stated that for now, Nigerians have no other choice than to live with the impact of the virus
- In light of this, the NCDC head advised citizens of the country to refrain from stigmatising persons who have infected the virus
Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Friday, May 1, spoke on a basic reality of coronavirus in Nigeria.
Responding to the issue of stigmatisation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on coronavirus in Abuja, Ihekweazu said that Nigerians will have to live with the reality of the disease until a vaccine is found for it, The Nation reports.
The NCDC boss, therefore, said that it is unfortunate for anyone to stigmatise persons who are known to have contracted the pandemic.
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He pointed out that Nigeria as a nation like many societies in the world presently is at the beginning of a journey in the recovery from the scourge of coronavirus.
Ihekweazu said: “We are in the beginning of a journey and the most likely scenario is that until we have a vaccine, we will have to learn to live with COVID-19 in our country.
“So if we start stigmatizing one another, I don’t know when it will stop because the same people that are stigmatising one group will end up being infected tomorrow. “
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NCDC had confirmed 204 new cases of COVID-19 in 17 states and the federal capital territory. The agency announced this on its Twitter handle on Thursday night, April 30.
A breakdown of the new cases showed that 80 were recorded in Kano, 45 in Lagos, 12 in Gombe, nine each in Bauchi and Sokoto, seven each in Borno and Edo, six each in Rivers and Ogun, four each in the FCT, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa, three in Kaduna, two each in Oyo, Delta and Nasarawa and one each in Ondo and Kebbi.
The number of recovered patients increased from 305 to 319, while the number of fatalities increased from 51 to 58. A total of 1,932 cases have now been confirmed in 34 states and the federal capital territory – Cross River and Kogi have not recorded any case of COVID-19.
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