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FG Expresses Concern As Nigerians Flout COVID-19 Safety Measures



Zainab Sanni

The federal government has again expressed concern over the refusal of Nigerians to adhere to safety measures against coronavirus.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha who spoke at the COVID-19 daily  briefing on Thursday in Abuja said the PTF had done its best in educating Nigerians.

He said PTF found that non-compliance had been largely fueled by skepticism and ignorance about the virus.

Mustapha noted that stigmatisation had further impacted on the willingness of people to come out to seek help and tell their stories.

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“The nature of this pandemic demands that we must detect and treat in order to address it. COVID-19 is not a condition to be ashamed of as it has no respect for status, nationality, race, creed, tribe among others”, he said.

The SGF stated that every person infected must be treated to prevent spread and avoidable fatalities.

He added that the PTF had deepened community engagement and risk communication in the phase of national response.

Mustapha said PTF had been communicating to Nigerians, the dangers of complacency and non-compliance with COVID-19 measures.

He reminded that presently, “there is no known vaccine for the virus and that all over the world, non-pharmaceutical measures still remained the most effective”.

“Avoiding being infected remains the best choice for everyone,” Mustapha stressed.

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