Nigerians have been advised to follow the basic safety prevention measures in order to defeat COVID-19 pandemic.
The Project Manager, Network for Civil Societies on Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) Dr. Andrew Agboro made the disclosure at the launch of the USAID E-WASH CSO COVID-19 prevention campaign.
The launch of the USAID E-WASH CSO COVID-19 prevention campaign was organised by the Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organisation (WEWE).
He therefore called for collaboration among different stakeholders in the health sector in order to combat the disease.
According to the Project Manager, all hands must be on deck, as the virus is still much around, and victory is not yet won.
“The basic rules of mask-wearing and physical distancing are routinely disobeyed by the people.
Non compliance with safety protocols designed by the Presidential Task Force on the prevention of the novel Coronavirus pandemic may hinder the fight against the disease.”
He further enjoined Nigerians to follow the procedures laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as it will go a long way in preventing the spread of the virus.
“Proper washing of hands, use of sanitizers and face shield and nose mask will aid in preventing the disease. We all need to join hand and fight the virus”.
The National Almirah, Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWAN), Halima Jibril, emphasized on the need for more sensitization and awareness at the community level.
According to her, the body has been engaging in series of interventions, especially in form of palliatives to support Nigerians.
” FOMWAN reached out to three million people across the country during the pandemic with palliatives. We believe that this will help alleviate the plight of the citizen”.
She expressed dismay that most Nigerians are still not complying to laid down protocols by the NCDC.
“Most communities are still skeptical about the evidence of COVID-19, so they do nothing about prevention like washing hands and wearing face masks.
There is an increase in community transmission now. We need more sensitization and engagement”.