The Nationwide Coordinator of the Presidential Job Drive (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has urged Nigerians to proceed to indicate understanding with the Federal Authorities within the interval of the coronavirus pandemic.
He famous that ample measures have been already in place to curb the unfold of the illness, stressing that it was solely a matter of time earlier than COVID-19 wipes out.
Dr Aliyu made the remarks whereas giving an replace on the actions of the duty drive throughout his look on Channels Tv’s Sunday Politics.
“It (COVID-19) will go away; it’s only a matter of time but what we don’t want is for COVID-19 to carry away a lot of our people and that wouldn’t be the right thing,” he mentioned on the political programme.
The nationwide coordinator added, “We will continue to push, we will continue to work, to try and keep this pandemic down but certainly, if people can observe those simple measures that we have advised, it will go a very long way towards making sure that the public remains healthy until this pandemic dies out because COVID-19 will go away.”
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(FILE) Nationwide Coordinator of the Presidential Job Drive on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, addressing reporters in Abuja on April 10, 2020.
Greater than 1,000,000 constructive circumstances of COVID-19 have been confirmed with hundreds of deaths recorded in lots of international locations the world over.
In Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) mentioned a complete of 323 circumstances have been confirmed with 10 deaths as of April 12.
It added that 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have recorded no less than one confirmed case of coronavirus whereas a complete of 85 individuals have been discharged.
As a part of measures to curtail the unfold of the illness and ease the stress of figuring out contacts with confirmed circumstances, President Muhammadu Buhari declared a lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, in addition to Abuja.
The President, in a broadcast on March 29, acknowledged that the motion restriction which might final for an preliminary interval of 14 days would take impact from 11pm on March 30.
Forward of the date which the lockdown is predicted to finish – April 13, some residents within the affected areas have raised safety issues.
Requested whether or not there was any indication that President Buhari would prolong the lockdown, Dr Ahmed insisted that the duty drive has submitted its suggestion and the choice to increase would solely be taken by the President.
The nationwide coordinator, who frowned on the motion of some state governments to calm down restriction protocols lately, careworn majority of the infections weren’t linked to travels overseas or linked clearly to constructive circumstances.
He mentioned, “In different phrases, group transmission, I imagine, is already occurring and we have to choose up these which can be constructive in order that we will isolate them in a short time and ensure that transmission stops.
“To this point, we have now completed effectively over three,000 exams. For a inhabitants like Nigeria, that’s probably not excessive.”
In keeping with Dr Aliyu, one of many issues is that the federal government will not be getting loads of demand from sure elements of the nation, particularly within the North.
“We know there are challenges in terms of getting the test done. People have complained about the difficulty in accessing our telephone services and we are certainly working with NCC and others to increase the telephone channels,” he added.