COVID-19 Gist

COVID-19 Gist

Ikwerere Students in Diaspora Cautions on Lockdown Order

Members of Ogbakor Ikwerre USA and Canada,  a non-political sociocultural group of Iwhnurohna indigenes in North America, have commended the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Chief (Barr.) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for the bold steps he has taken to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the state.

The group also urged residents of Rivers State to comply with the Governor’s directive to save lives. The diaspora organization specially commended Governor Wike for his early action to order a lockdown of the state.

In a statement   from the office of OIUSA in New York, USA, the president of the group, Mr. Eric Welle, said that the diaspora organization urges residents of Rivers State to comply with the government’s stay-at-home order.

Welle said that in the absence of a vaccine and a permanent cure for the disease, the way to defeat it is by staying at home.

“We commend the state government’s efforts to enforce the stay-at-home order because it is in the interest of all citizens from the local government to the national level to comply with the directive,” Welle said, adding, “In many countries authorities have taken severe measures to ensure that people stay at home.”

Members of OIUSA and Canada observed that the world is dealing with a virus that is relatively unknown and has no known cure.

“The virus has ravaged the Western world with worst damage in New York State and we do not want what has happened in America to take place in any part of Nigeria, and that is why we urge all citizens to comply with the state government order 006,” the OIUSA President said.

“What would happen in our state, our country, or our continent if coronavirus cases rose as high as it did in New York State?

“Over a thousand of people die daily here in America because they ignored the stay-at-home order that was issued by authorities,” he continued, adding that “OIUSA urges all residents of the state to comply with the governor’s directives on the COVID-19 pandemic”.

Members of OIUSA and Canada also commended the Rivers State Executive Council for supporting Governor Wike’s efforts to provide palliatives through the Agricultural Fund to help ease the pains and challenges associated with the pandemic.

Welle said: “The pain resulting from the pandemic is felt in all countries throughout the world. The hardship resulting from the pandemic is also felt in more economically advanced countries of the world, including the USA and even China where the virus first broke out.”

According to Welle, “Our nation, Nigeria, has underestimated this enemy, Covid-19, from the start, and we may pay a stiff price for it if we don’t follow the directives aimed at curbing the spread and saving the lives of Rivers State citizens and Nigerians.”

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‘ATMs Spreading Coronavirus’

The Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOAN)  said that the use of banks’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) was a source of community transmission of coronavirus in Nigeria.

EHOA’s Lagos chapter President, Taiwo Awonuga,   in an interview urged the Presidential Task Force (PTF) to immediately compel banks to open up more cash dispensing outlets to forestall the spread of the virus.

Awonuga lamented that social distancing was being ignored at several ATMs points across the country. He appealed to financial institutions to ensure their customers obey all safety guidelines.

The health officers advised banks to streamline their services in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) recommendations.

“The rat-race going on in many ATMs outlets is not good for the fight against communal transmission of the pandemic. People line up in the sun amidst sweat and droppings from their bodies.It calls for a change in attitude from banks and customers too, if we must halt community spread of the coronavirus, especially in the suburb where ATMs are few but attract crowds.The confusion at ATM points are a common sight in the country because people need money to cater for daily needs. In that zeal to get cash, they lose their guard and get infected by vectors around them,” he said.

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