The Chairman of National Council of Civic Education and Development (NaCCED), Khalilu Ibrahim Totangi has called on citizens to embrace the Coronavirus fight or COVID-19, since it has affected every facets of the country’s economic development and social interaction the very reason citizens should be serious about the fight.
He noted that citizens should aspect COVID-19 realities learning about the facts and the health measures to keep themselves safe and to protect all their relatives, neighbours and communities.
The spread of COVID-19, the novel strain of coronavirus, has officially reached pandemic proportions according to the World Health Organizations. In recent weeks, the number of global cases of coronavirus has increased dramatically, and according to the WHO, the number of cases could continue to rise exponentially in the weeks and months ahead, which is why action now is so important.
“This is not just a global health crisis, it is a crisis that will touch every sector, so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight,” Mr. Totangi said.
Citizen-led community responses, including neighborhood volunteer groups and neighborhood associations, clergy, or others will help to inform the public on the risks and needed steps for COVID-19.
Chairman Totangi reiterated that it’s everyone's responsibility to take the response seriously and the concrete actions instituted by the ministry of health and National Corona Response; since the COVID-19 doesn’t care about national borders and cultural ties.
“We’re able to engage Paramount Chiefs and youth groups in some of the country’s major cross points to sensitize them about the virus and it the huge consequences it having on the world .We have to limit the spread by supporting the government efforts in order to limit the spread, considering what is happening in other part of the globe,” he disclosed.
As an individual, you can contribute to helping stop the spread of coronavirus by staying home if you have nowhere important to go, and practicing the frequent handwashing, using face mask and observing the social distancing rules.
He noted that communities across the country should continue to engage in active surveillance mechanisms to help stop the spread since the government cannot handle it alone, noting that stakeholders have the cardinal role to enforce the health measures in their communities.
The WHO is calling on countries to work together to limit the spread of the virus, including investing heavily in public health measures, and in sharing expertise, funding, and best practices with other countries.
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