Coronavirus: NOA raises alarm over COVID-19 disbelief in rural communities

Coronavirus: NOA raises alarm over COVID-19 disbelief in rural communities

- The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has raised an alarm over the disbelief of COVID-19 danger in rural areas

- The agency explained that despite the number of positive cases some people do not belive the impact of the virus

- The NOA added that the disbelief poses a serious risk in fighting the deadly pandemic

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In spite of the daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has expressed concern that some people in rural communities don't believe the dangers of the virus, Nigerian Tribune reports.

The agency made this known through the director-general, Dr. Garba Abari, during the presentation of its observations on sensitization activities in the fight against coronavirus.

The NOA while raising the alarm explained that the disbelief among rural communities of the impact and dangers the virus poses is a serious risk to Nigeria.

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Though Nigerians are aware of the deadly virus, some still do not believe the danger and impact of COVID-19. NOA also added that Nigerians generally disobey the prevention protocols.

Coronavirus: NOA raises alarm over COVID-19 disbelief in rural communities
NOA Director-General, Dr. Garba Abari
Source: UGC

Dr Abari said that many Nigerians in order to avoid security agencies only make use of face masks or if they find themselves in a place where it becomes compulsory.

He said: “The disbelief of the danger and impact of COVID-19 still persists among some sections of Nigerians despite being aware of the disease. Expressions like “There is no COVID-19 in Nigeria” and, “Our religious leader says COVID-19 is not real” are commonly used in expressing this disbelief.

“The many myths about the COVID-19 pandemic, ranging from conspiracies about some persons using the pandemic to make quick gains to claims of certain herbal concoctions being sure cures for COVID-19 are still issues being grappled with in the COVID-19 sensitization efforts. NOA, however, remains relentless in debunking these myths."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 587 new cases of COVID-19 as the country now has a total of 17,735 coronavirus infections.

The new cases were announced on Wednesday evening, June 17, via the official Twitter handle of the federal health agency.

According to the NCDC, Nigeria now has 469 deaths arising from Covid-19 complications and 5,967 recoveries.

Lagos which is Nigeria's epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic still leads the new records with 155 cases while Edo state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) followed with 75 and 67 cases respectively.

In a related development, the National Assembly complex has again been shut down over fears of suspected COVID-19 cases.

A circular signed and released by a deputy director in the National Assembly, Titus Jatau, said the complex will be shut for two days for fumigation.

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All staff of the National Assembly were subsequently asked to stay away during the period and resume work on Monday, June 22.

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