Nigeria urges citizens to observe lock-down measures

By Rahila Lassa, Abuja

Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Covid-19 Presidential Task Force, Mr Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of Nigeria, SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha has appealed to Nigerians to observe all measures put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19.

The SGF, made the appeal at the inaugural joint daily briefing by the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force, PTF, Committee, in Nigeria.

“I appeal for full understanding, unity of purpose and in the interest of humanity, to observe all measures put in place, remain vigilant and cooperate with security and other agencies who are toiling day and night, to keep the nation safe and alive,” he said.

The SGF who is also the Chairman of the Committee, said that the objectives of the joint Briefing include furnishing  Nigerians with authoritative, adequate and multi sectoral information on the National Response, Receivimg feedback through comments and questions for further processing and improvement; as well as Minimising mis-information through fake news.

‘For these reasons, all relevant Ministers, the National Coordinator and Heads of Agencies will interface with the press through this platform.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this joint briefing shall, going forward, be the only official daily brief by the PTF.  It will however be supplemented by other forms of outreach such as media appearances by Ministers, Social media and telecommunication platforms,” he explained.

Response Strategy
The SGF also noted that the response strategy of the PTF shall remain focused on testing, detection, contact tracing, containment, slowing down the spread and management of coronavirus.

“A lot of Questions have been asked by the public about testing and the PTF is always willing to provide relevant information and clarifications.

“Several measures have been put in place by government to address the problems posed by COVID-19 Disease,” he stated.

The PTF has been methodical, learning from the experiences of other nations and adapting solutions that suit the environment which include;

Enforcing Social distancing

Advising on Personal hygiene

Closure of air/land and sea borders

Banning mass gathering above 50 persons

Restricting movements in high burden areas such as Lagos and Abuja

Aggressive contact tracing and isolation of cases

Improving medical infrastructure, expanding testing capabilities and establishing new isolation centers.

He said that the PTF remained the Strategic Decision and Coordinating Body for the National Response on COVID 19.

“It is important to state that a National Response Strategy for COVID-19 has been developed and is being constantly reviewed as dictated by developments,” the SGF added.


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