The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that it is important for all Muslims to help with the fight against coronavirus by adhering to the Government’s guidance and following the latest health advice by the organization. While sending warm greetings on Saturday to all Muslims over the world as they observe Ramadan fasting, the NCDC advised Muslims to take responsibility to protect themselves and their loved ones at this time of Ramadan.
The NCDC asked them to Stay at home, Avoid large gatherings of people especially during iftar, Practice physical distancing by strictly maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) between people always, Use non-contact greetings, such as waving, nodding, or placing the hand over the heart. “Elderly people and anyone with pre-existing medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer) should not attend gatherings and should avoid receiving non-essential guests at this time.
Wash hands frequently with soap under running water. Where soap is not available, use ash or a hand sanitizer. “Use proper respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into a tissue; discard the tissue immediately in a covered waste bin. If a tissue is not available cough or sneeze into your bent elbow. Clean all surfaces frequently with soap or disinfectants especially before and after the iftar meal.
When leaving home for essential services wear a face mask. “Ensure proper disposal of single-use masks and regular washing of reusable masks. Obey national and state directives requesting the cancellation and avoidance of large gatherings, including places of worship. Arrange to hold sermons via broadcast through television and radio stations, or online platforms to avoid the mass gathering of people. Encourage the use of personal prayer rugs to place over carpets.
NCDC noted that this year, the month of Ramadan falls at the same time that the world is facing a global COVID-19 pandemic. “As you may already know, COVID-19 is spread primarily through respiratory droplets expelled when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks” while enjoined all Muslims to adhere to guidelines put in place by the authorities in order to protect themselves and their loved ones and to help bring an end to the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria