The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday urged Nigerians to obey its guidelines to avoid the spread of the virus during the rainy season.
The PTF Chairman while speaking during the task force daily briefing in Abuja stated that there could be a resurgence of COVID-19 during the rainy season unless Nigerian adhered to the PTF guidelines.
Mustapha also revealed the achievements of the presidential task force since its inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari three months ago.
The SGF while listing the achievements noted that the measures include lockdown of Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory; ban on flights, ban on interstate travels and domestic flights, closure of schools and religious centres and imposition of a nationwide curfew.
According to him, the Federal Government has increased testing laboratories from two to 38, trained 13,000 health workers and developed policy and protocols for testing returning Nigerians.
He listed challenges to COVID-19 fight as resistance to change, stigmatization, mental health, culture, religious belief and rising incidents of domestic violence.
Mustapha charged Nigerians that Coronavirus has gotten to the level of community engagement, he added that they should obey all the guidelines and non-pharmaceutical measures.
He stated, “Always remember, that the virus is real, potent and dangerous. Our relaxed lockdown should never be interpreted to mean otherwise. This point is further underscored by the reported resurgence of the second wave in countries like China and the USA and this should put all of us on the alert, knowing that this virus can only be eliminated if we agree to play our part.”
“This call becomes more pertinent as we go fully into the rainy season that ordinarily brings with it cold, catarrh and other COVID-19 mimicking illnesses. Our call to take personal responsibility cannot be more strident than now.”