Virus spread­ing as peo­ple shun masks

Cape Argus - - METRO - NAN

A PHAR­MA­CIST, Abio­dun Ajibade, has at­trib­uted the spike in cases of Covid19 in Nige­ria to the care­free at­ti­tude of many peo­ple.

Ajibade, chair­man, Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Nige­ria (PSN), Oyo State Chap­ter, made this known in a tele­phone in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN).

He said: “As things stand, the in­creas­ing na­tional spread and care­free at­ti­tude of the pop­u­lace are chal­lenges that Nige­ri­ans must con­tend with, along with its heavy at­ten­dant costs.

“Health­care pro­fes­sion­als have been ex­posed as sev­eral pa­tients have re­fused to obey the sim­ple rules which make the en­force­ment of the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures in their fa­cil­i­ties a mere cer­e­mony.

“We are ob­vi­ously at the most dan­ger­ous spot in the life of Covid-19 in our na­tion. We should give this scourge the right at­ten­tion, oth­er­wise we will all be­come vic­tims.” Ajibade said that en­force­ment of the use of face masks, which helped re­duce the spread of Covid-19 by 65% in some coun­tries, had been dif­fi­cult to achieve in Nige­ria.

How­ever, he urged the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to en­force laws that would com­pel peo­ple to ad­here strictly to the use of face masks.

He added that tam­ing the com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion of Covid-19 was a crit­i­cal step. “The cur­rent trend of com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion with­out a match­ing force from gov­ern­ment agen­cies is anal­o­gous to sleep­ing with a flam­ing fire on the roof.

“Seven months down the line, with sev­eral recorded deaths, we should nec­es­sar­ily tighten our belts if we are to win the war against Covid-19.

“Stay­ing safe is not only a wish, but the do­ing of all con­cerned,” Ajibade said. |

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