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COVID-19: Buhari urges Nigerians to heed advice on Coronavirus


President Muhammadu Buhari receiving briefing from Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire (left); and Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu in his residence at the State House Abuja…yesterday.

• Approves Lagos Govt’s Request For N10bn To Combat Virus
• Grants NCDC ‘s Request For N5bn To Equip And Expand Labs

President Buhari has been carrying out official duties from his official residence in Abuja, after testing negative for COVID-19.On Thursday, the President had urged Nigerians to heed advice constantly given by the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), such as social distancing and shunning of gatherings, including religious activities.

He said: “I advise all Nigerians to follow to the letter the health guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health and our state governments.

“Wash your hands thoroughly many times throughout the day. Observe social distancing of a minimum of two metres. Do not make unnecessary journeys outside of your homes. Do not attend public meetings or public gatherings, including religious events, which is where, through social contact, the virus can easily be transmitted.

“The Federal Ministry of Health will continue to issue daily updates on all developments. Please, refer to public announcements by the Ministry on radio, television, and @Fmohnigeria.”

With regards to Lagos State government’s request for financial support to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Lagos and Nigeria, the President has already approved N10bn, which release was effected within two days of the request.

The President has also approved and ensured the prompt release of N5bn special intervention requested by the NCDC to equip and expand its facilities and laboratories.

Similarly, the President has given approval for NCDC’s request for an aircraft from the Presidential Air Fleet for emergency situations. 


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