In spite of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 official warning on second wave of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, the level of compliance to safety and prevention guidelines is still very low among the populace.
This is findings of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.
In Lagos, NAN reports that many people were seen in public and large gatherings without adhering to the use of nose masks, thereby increasing the risk of infection in the state.
Barely a month ago, the task force on COVID-19 had officially declared a second wave of the raging Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria with high infection rate, urging people to keep safe.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the task force and also Secretary to the Government of the Federation, had in December at the national briefing, said the second wave of the virus had hit the country.
Mustapha then warned that the country was at risk of losing, not only the gains from the hardwork of the last nine months, but also the lives of citizens.
“We are in a potentially difficult phase of the COVID-19 resurgence,” he warned.
In separate interviews, some Lagos residents told NAN that the virus was not real, saying they have no reason to wear a nose mask or face shield, while others said the virus was real.
Commenting, a Lagos-based businessman, Mr Richard Okonji, told NAN that the virus was real and killing people on daily basis.
According to him, those people that were not wearing face masks still believed that the virus was not real and in the process endangering the lives of others.
“Coronavirus is very real, and it is killing people everyday.
“People who are not using masks are the cause of this problem.
“I advise that they should help themselves and others by using the masks and reduce the rate of infection,” he advised.
Also, Mr Chidi Augistine, a Pharmacist, urged Nigerians to take the second wave seriously and adhere strictly to the preventive guidelines to reduce infection rate of the virus, especially in Lagos.
“This second wave is very serious and many African countries are recording higher rate of infection than the first wave.
“In the public transport, only two out of 14 people wear their nose masks. It is very wrong and we are risking our lives daily by doing this.
“I know many people who are in isolation centres now suffering.
“This is why I always advise people in my community to adhere to all the preventive measures.
“These include regular handwashing, use of nose masks and sanitisers as well as social distancing,” he said.
In his reactions, Mr Ifedinma Offorjamah an undergraduate, said he lost one of his lectures to the deadly virus.
Offorjamah, however, appealed to Nigerians to wear their nose masks regularly to protect themselves and others.
“We just got a message on our Whatsapp group that one of our lecturers died of COVID-19.
“This virus is real, and I am appealing to Nigerians to wear their masks and adhere to all preventive measures to protect themselves,” he said.
Also, Mr Kenneth Uloko, a Safety Officer at Arik Airline, advised Nigerians to avoid large gatherings to reduce their chances of infection.