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Rainy season brings COVID-19 mimicking illnesses- FG warns Nigerians

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Presidential Task Force PTF on COVID-19 has warned Nigerians that government’s call to take personal responsibility more strident than now, because it’s becomes more pertinent as Nigeria go fully into the rainy season which ordinarily comes with cold, catarrh and other COVID-19 mimicking illnesses.

The Chairman of PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha gave this warning at the Press Briefing in Abuja on Thursday, he said the main focus is on community engagement and risk communication while not neglecting the need to obey all the guidelines and non-pharmaceutical measures.

According to him, “this call becomes more pertinent as we go fully into the rainy season that ordinarily comes with cold, catarrh and other COVID-19 mimicking illnesses. Our call to take personal responsibility cannot be more strident than now.

“As we go forward, therefore, let us look forward to another three months of overwhelming successes, let us create awareness and sensitization, stop stigmatization of survivors and let’s encourage fellow citizens that have contracted the virus to enable them overcome the illness. Our choice of words matter”.

He added that Nigerians should remember that the virus is real, potent and dangerous. “Our relaxed lock down should never be interpreted to mean otherwise. This point is further underscored by reported resurgence of a second wave in countries like China and the USA and this should put all of us on alert, knowing that this virus can only be eliminated if we agree to play our part”.

He said PTF wishes to express its appreciation to their diverse stakeholder for their support and commitment to the course of humanity. “These include the health workers (our last line of defence), security agencies, State Governments, the private sector, traditional and religious leaders, international community, professional bodies and public-spirited Nigerians. Your contributions have been highly instrumental to our present level of progress”, he said.


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