Celebration should remind us of COVID-19 effects, says PTF
SGF urges solemn celebration, minister laments fatality rate of virus
The Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 (PTF) yesterday declared that Nigerians can best celebrate this year’s Democracy Day by strengthening individual and collective resolve to obey COVID-19 guidelines and protect themselves.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, who stated this at the daily media briefing in Abuja, noted that this year’s democracy day should be a reminder of the reality of the times, the disrupting effects of COVID-19, the realisation that Nigeria was faced with a new normal and the necessity to prepare to conquer the pandemic.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to celebrate in a solemn and reflective manner and ensure that they stay alive and remain COVID-19 free, pointing out that it was still valid that majority of Nigerians were still susceptible to coronavirus and urged vigilance and self-preservation.
Mustapha noted that the PTF would hold a virtual conference with governors appointed by the National Economic Council (NEC) to interface with it and appealed to governments at the sub-national level and security agencies to firmly enforce government’s approved safety guidelines and protocols.
He said the PTF had advanced in its preparation for taking precision measures within the 20 identified high burden local government and urged state governments to reach out to traditional, religious and community leaders for dialogue and education to ensure ownership, behavioral change and take responsibility.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government expressed concern over the high Covid-19 fatality rate being witnessed in the country. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated this in Abuja, noting that although the numbers were only marginally increasing compared to other countries and case fatality rate hovers around 3 per cent, the country was concerned and at high alert.
He stated that Nigeria had no room for complacency or over-confidence and the need to be ready for any sudden shift in fortune.
“Yesterday, we had 409 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, which increased the number of cases to 13,873. We have successfully treated and discharged 4,351 persons and lost 382 Nigerians to the disease,” he lamented.
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