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Group urges strict compliance to COVID-19 safety measures


The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), a private sector-led initiative against the Coronavirus pandemic, has urged Nigerians to comply with COVID-19 precautionary measures to reduce spread of the virus to the barest minimum.

The group also announced plans to distribute food palliatives to about 1.7 million vulnerable households in Nigeria, as part of efforts to cushion effect of the pandemic on households.
Speaking during its flag off campaign, themed “Coro Must Go”, in Lagos yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer, Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) Zouera Youssoufou, said the initiative was to distribute facemasks and reawaken Nigerians’ consciousness on how to protect themselves from the virus, as well as unveil plans to roll out palliatives to vulnerable households in Lagos in the coming week.


She said Nigerians must, as a matter of necessity, improve on the use of facemask to protect themselves and others, since it is globally recognised and approved as a strategy for curbing spread of the virus.
“We are targeting the most vulnerable households and so, we are counting on the help of each state government via a unit who will identify these families,” she added.

The Group Head, Branding and Communications at Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina, bemoaned low level of compliance on the use of facemask, adding that the group is currently liaising with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to ensure that awareness campaign spread to the grassroots.
“People still default in the use of facemask, so we still need to convince them to comply with these measures to ensure that we reduce the spread of the pandemic, especially in Nigeria. Some do not believe that it even exists, and that is where the need for enforcement comes in.”


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