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COVID-19: Stop exposing elderly citizens – NCDC urges Nigerians

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC has said that as more people were infected with COVID-19 across the world, it was increasingly obvious that transmission among younger people driving the spread while urged Nigerians to show their elderly citizens love and affection by not exposing them to the virus as much as they possibly could.

The Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu made this known at the Press Conference in Abuja on Thursday, he said for some people, the exposure is inevitable because of the nature of the virus, but Nigerians mustn’t contribute to increasing the risk.

According to him, “We know that we have family, loving people and that over the next few weeks, we will all start having this urge to go and visit our parents, our uncles and our aunts. We may also restart the funeral activities that we have postponed for months, start the weddings, wine carryings, birthing, baptisms that we have postponed for months”.

He said NCDC has not relaxed its guidelines on mass gathering in the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol. “Yes, it’s important to do these things and the interstate travel will allow us to do this, but remember we haven’t relaxed the guidelines of mass gatherings.

“Looking through social media today, I saw a brilliant campaign in Edo state, titled ‘our elders our pride’. For this to mean something for all of us, we have to put this into action. The NCDC was looking forward to working with Nigerians and, through the title of the theme of the campaign in Edo, ‘Our Elders Our Pride’, if it means something they could take it to heart”, he said.

He noted that as the country planned over the next few weeks or months, Nigerians have to remember that there are still restrictions on mass gatherings, urging Nigerians to wear a mask, postpone travel, avoid mass gatherings and wash their hands.

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