Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has revealed the measure to tackle the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
The minister in his statement noted that the weapon to fight against COVID-19 is by applying the use of ‘Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention (NPI).
According to Lai, the use of NPI means; largely sensitization, advocacy, keeping very good hygiene, social distancing, not shaking hands, and no gathering.
He stated this when speaking in Abuja on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum to give an update on Government’s efforts at containing the pandemic.
The minister further stated that the spread in fake news has caused a distraction in the fight against Coronavirus despite repeated caution by the government.
Lai noted that the government is worried about the unverified local therapies circulating on social media as a cure to COVID-19 when a cure has not been discovered.
“If you go by Whatsapp platform, there are so many myths and cures for COVID-19 today.”
“Some people will tell you, and it cannot affect Africans or the disease does not even exist at all while some will say, all you need to do is to take garlic, take ginger.”
“As we speak today, there is no vaccine or medicine for COVID-19.”
“The only weapon to combat the virus is what we called Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention (NPI), which is largely sensitisation, advocacy, keeping very good hygiene, social distancing, not shaking hands, and no gathering.”
“These are the only effective ways to contain the pandemic, and that is why governments are declaring total lockdown.”
“Once it starts spreading, no healthcare in the world can survive it,” Lai Mohammed said.