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How to contain spread of coronavirus in communities, by YMLSF


Cleric urges govt to develop health sector
The Young Medical Laboratory Scientists Forum (YMLSF) has urged Nigerians to obey social distancing order and other advice from health authorities to enable the nation and the rest of the world to defeat the coronavirus.

In a statement yesterday issued by its National President, Isomah Chiladi Jeff and National Secretary, Ediale Solomon in Abuja, the group expressed regrets that most Nigerians fail to observe the social distancing advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and government’s directive that people on non-essential duties should remain in their homes.

YMLSF lamented that community spread of the virus was gradually increasing and that people must adhere strictly to safety and preventive measures to avert an uncontrollable and destructive escalation.


It expressed optimism that with increased cooperation from people, sustained dedication of health professional and government’s commitment Nigeria would soon see the end of the pandemic.

YMLSF had recently expressed its readiness to deploy its 30,000 members to support the nation in testing for the novel coronavirus.

The group, however, disagreed with Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, that there were only two medical laboratory scientists in the country “who are experts in molecular testing.”

Meanwhile, National Deputy President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Francis Wale Oke has urged the Federal and state governments to develop the nation’s health sector and rejig other decaying infrastructure.


He argued that if leaders and other stakeholders could deploy more energy and zeal into good governance as currently being done in curtailing coronavirus, Nigeria would be a better place.

Oke, who is also Presiding Bishop of the Sword of Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, stated this in a statement issued by his media office.

“Indeed, in Nigeria, God has been so good to us. This is because as deadly as the coronavirus disease is, our country has not recorded high rate of deaths. This becomes more instructive if one considers the fact that our health sector is in disarray.

“Yet, with all our inadequacies, God, by His mercy, has been keeping us safe. Even developed countries with better facilities, are recording heavy casualties on a daily basis.

“So, one of the lessons we should learn as a fall-out of this pandemic experience at the end of the day, is for our government at all levels, to ensure the rejuvenation and the development of our infrastructure, with particular attention to the health sector,” he stated.


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