The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has sent important message to all Nigerians, warning that everyone should take responsibility and maintain the health care protocols recommended by the World Health Organisatiion and the Nigerian federal government.
The message has become imperative following the increasing figure of the infected persons and death rates occasioned by the dreaded coronavirus in the country. The disease has affected not less than 20,000 persons in the country with the number rising astronomically on a daily basis.
Prominent Nigerians have been infected and many have died from the virus. Prominent among which are the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and the former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, who is said to be presently on life support in the hospital.
Although many Nigerians are expressing pessimism over the authenticity of the figures and the reality of the disease in the country, the Nigerian government and the NCDC are not giving up despite the lack of trust on the part of Nigerians.
Among the messages the NCDC has sent to Nigerians are “COVID-19 and malaria may have similar symptoms but are caused by different agents. Note that while COVID-19 can spread from person to person, malaria cannot.”
Another message is “Until scientists find certified drug for the COVID-19, let us all take responsibility by avoiding large gatherings to reduce the risk of becoming infected.”
“Remember the number of COVID-19 cases reported by NCDC are human beings like you. Don’t wait to be a victim before taking action. Take responsibility today.”
“A face mask can spread disease if not handled properly. Take responsibility. Wash your hands before and after wearing. Do not share and always wash before re-using.”
“COVID-19 is real. So many of our health workers are risking their lives to protect the rest of us. Take responsivity. Be supportive and stop spreading fake news.”