Nigeria centre for disease control, NCDC, has implored Nigerians to allow perseverance dwell on their crust as the government is trying its best to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across the federation. This was made by the Director-General, Dr Chike Ihekweazu on Thursday when interviewed on Channels Television.
Dr Chike noted that the major goal of the lockdown is not to stop transmission but to keep people apart so as to reduce the rate at which it spread and also beat the virulence of the disease to a meaningful extent. He informed Nigerians that no country in the world has the ability to stop the outbreak for now and that lockdown is just for a while.
He said, “The goal of the lockdown is not to get to the end of this outbreak because that is not a realistic goal; the goal of the lockdown was to keep people a little bit apart to stop transmission to some extent.”
” The second goal was to enable the public health response to build up its efficiency and that is really what we have focused on in the last two weeks and what we will work very hard on in the next 10 days to make sure that we finalize. Although it has not been perfect, the NCDC boss insisted that there were indicators that there have been fewer contacts among individuals by 60-70 per cent. He stressed that tackling COVID-19 was easier said than done in a complex country like Nigeria which has population unique challenges.
Speaking on test results across the state, Dr Chike implored state governments to leave any argument behind and address the pressing issue in the country. “disputing lab results is not the best for now” he said.
He however acknowledged the changes the lockdown would inflict on citizens but urge Nigerians that the changes will still have to continue for a short time.