Coronavirus: Prepare for fresh lockdown - Medical doctors tell Nigerians

Coronavirus: Prepare for fresh lockdown - Medical doctors tell Nigerians

- The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) has urged Nigerians to follow all laid down measures to avoid the continued spread of COVID-19

- The association said Nigerians should prepare for a fresh lockdown if COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise

- Dr Lanre Olosunde, the chairman of the ARD chapter in UITH, lamented that FG's easing of the lockdown is premature

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The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) says Nigerians should stay away from behaviours that may cause the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country or prepare for another lockdown.

The chairman of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) chapter, Dr Lanre Olosunde, gave the advice on Sunday, May 3, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, Kwara state's capital.

Olosunde's issued the advice following the partial lifting of the four-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by the federal government.

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Coronavirus: Prepare for fresh lockdown - Medical doctors tell Nigerians

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Legit.ng notes that the easing of the lockdown begins today, Monday, May 4.

The new measures included a nationwide night-time curfew, the mandatory wearing of face masks and a ban on “non-essential” inter-state travels.

The medical doctor warned that the country may be shut down again if the number of cases continues to rise.

He said that the partial lifting of lockdown was premature just as there is already evidence of community spread and the country's testing capacity is still very low.

Olosunde, however, urged Nigerians to behave responsibly and following the laid down rules to ensure the prevention of COVID-19 spread.

“Everyone should also be prepared for another round of possible lockdowns, if cases continue to increase exponentially,” he warned.

The medical doctor advised the elderly and those at any age who have underlying chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, HIV, among others, to take extra precautions and stay at home because they were most vulnerable to the infectious disease.

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According to the data released on Sunday, May 3, by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the federal health agency managing the pandemic, Nigeria has 2,558 confirmed cases, with 400 recoveries and 87 deaths.

Nigeria which has only conducted 17,566 tests has one of the highest cases and deaths in Africa.

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In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives to extend the COVID-19 lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states for another two weeks, starting from Monday, May 4.

The leader of the caucus, Kinsley Chinda in a statement on Sunday, May 3, faulted the decision of the federal government to relax the lockdown.

The PDP lawmakers said the rising cases of COVID-19 in Lagos and Kano state are scary and a cause for concern.

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The legislators pointed out that the President Buhari-led federal government would be failing to provide security and welfare for the Nigerian people according to the constitution if it relaxes the lockdown at this critical period.

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