COVID-19: PTF warns Nigerians against complacency

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the PTF Chairman Mr Boss Mustapha

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Nigeria has warned Nigerians not to be complacent about the reality of COVID-19 in the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Nigeria, Boss Mustapha, said this at the daily joint Media briefing in Abuja, Nigeria.

He said as Nigeria enters the end of the phase two of the Eased lock-down, there was need to emphasise that the virus was still potent and infections.

“Particularly, Nigerians were reminded that there is presently no known vaccine for the virus and that all over the world, non-pharmaceutical measures still remained the most effective and avoiding being infected remains the best choice for everyone.The PTF also continued to assess the developments nationwide and found that non-compliance has been largely fueled by skepticism and ignorance about the disease,”he said.

The PTF also noted with concern that stigmatisation was a huge hindrance on the willingness of people to come out to seek help and even tell their stories.

He explains that the nature of the pandemic demands that it be detected and treated to address it.

Mustapha said that COVID-19 is not a condition to be ashamed of as it doesn’t respect, nationality, race, creed, tribe, emphasising that every person infected must be treated to prevent spread and avoidable fatalities.

He adds that as the country deepen the community engagement and risk communication phase of its national response, the PTF still reiterates the need for taking responsibility and expanding the scope of sensitization.

Mustapha adds that all the efforts combine to improve the ability of Nigeria to detect, trace, isolate and treat patients nationwide.

Lateefah Ibrahim