Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said that the nation will experience an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases due to how safety was thrown out the door by citizens on May 4th.
Lagos, Ogun and Abuja residents came out in mass to banks, markets and motor parks as government gradually eases the lockdown.
Ihekweazu made his speech at the President Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday as he hints that the lockdown may be extended by government.
According to him, “It is not the guidelines per se, it is the thinking behind it. How do we want to manage the risk of explosion and transmission? Today, we might forgive a little bit because it is the first day.
“We will have infection because of what happened today, no doubt about that. But how can we learn from the mistakes of today into tomorrow, next tomorrow so by Friday hopefully we have normalised some of these things.
“Yes, we knew today would be a problem because for the first time, people were let out of their homes but now they are out and we have seen the sunlight again, the challenge for us as a society is how do we now organise ourselves to mitigate these risks and limit transmission? “We might have a few extra infections today and tomorrow but what we don’t want is an explosion of new infections.
“If we do have that infection, there will be almost no choice left for the leadership of the country than to ask all of us to go back into our homes.
“So, for the benefit of coming out to reopen parts of the economy, there is a price to pay which is to reorganise ourselves to do this safely.”
Here at Vesselnet, we encourage our clients, partners and citizens to continue keeping safe by observing all the safety guidelines issued by NCDC. Wear face mask whenever outside, wash hands regularly and maintain social distancing. We shall overcome.