Virus spreading as people shun masks
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. |