The Federal Government on Monday allayed fears over the rising COVID-19 cases in the country since the relaxation of lockdown, stating that it is due to more test that is been conducted across the country.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation gave the explanation on Monday.
Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases continue to increase every day, as the total confirmed cases hit 16,085 with 420 fatalities.
He, however, urged Nigerians not to panic but to cooperate with public health officials, especially where community testing is on-going.
“Over the last couple of days, you must have observed that the daily figures of confirmed cases have been on the rise.
“This is an indication that we are conducting more tests across the country and that we are fully in the community spread phase,” he said.
“Since the beginning of our multi-sectoral national response, we have described medical personnel as our frontline workers. We also continuously pleaded with Nigerians to take responsibility. The reality today is that the table has turned and the community spread phase has suddenly made the health workers our LAST LINE OF DEFENCE. The full import of this situation is underscored by the following quotes from Dr. B. Calinawagan:
“The War has shifted to the community and it is up to you. This cannot be won in the confines of the hospital…’’
‘We the healthcare workers are not your front liners any longer. We are your LAST LINE OF DEFENCE. You, my fellow people, are the front liners now”.
He reiterated that Nigerians are responsible for protecting “yourself, your family, the Community and the Country”.
“Gatherings are still not ok. Be responsible,” he added.
Speaking further, he appealed to State governments to embark on wider community testing, enforce rules on social distancing, step up community engagement and risk communication and pay attention to places of large gatherings.
“We also appeal to the security agencies to enforce the ban on inter-state travels very strictly.”