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CHRICED calls for behavioural change, tasks government on palliatives

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Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has called on Nigerians to come to terms with the enormity of the threat posed by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The Executive Director, Dr. Ibrahim Zikirullahi, however, stated yesterday that only a clear understanding of the dangers posed by COVID-19 would elicit the behavioural change needed to combat the virus.

According to him, the global practice of adopting a whole of government, the whole of society approach to fighting the virus can only work if all sides unite.

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His words, “While government agencies such as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) continue with their commendable efforts to mount a national response to the outbreak, it is important for citizens to do their part by not engaging in actions that would escalate the number of cases.

“Importantly, our health workers who are on the frontlines of this challenge require the support of citizens in the form of taking preventive steps and adhering to laid down preventive protocol. Doing this would ensure our country’s ramshackle health facilities are not overwhelmed by too many cases.”
 

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This admonition, he added, becomes critical in view of dismissive attitudes of many citizens in the face of the pandemic.

“It is reprehensible that some government officials, especially legislators, are refusing to come forward to be tested despite recently returning from high-risk countries.

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“It is similarly quite alarming that many countrymen and women have continued to go about with an air of invincibility by latching on to unfounded claims that the disease cannot do them any harm. Such nonchalant disposition could become the recipe for serious disaster.”

CHRICED called on state governors to understand that it was not sufficient to issue those copycat orders for citizens to stay at home.

“This should be followed up with the provision of essentials to prevent a situation where citizens succumb to the pangs of hunger or malnutrition,” it added.

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