…Lagos, Kano, FCT, account for 64.2%
…Gov. Oyetola orders reopening of worship centres in Osun***
A cross-section of Nigerians are fast losing faith in the orchestrated dangers of COVID-19, with several seeing it as mere acute malaria, curable by boiled dogonyaro, even the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday said it recorded 348 new cases bringing the total number of infection now to 11,166.
The NCDC also highlighted that of the new figure, Lagos with 5,440; Kano with 970 and FCT with 763, accounted for 64.2per cent of the total number of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic recorded in the country,
The NCDC made the observation, on its website, on June 3, noting that the remaining 33 States accounts for only 36 per cent of the total infections in the country.
The NCDC said that the new cases take the country’s total infections cases to 11166, out of which 3,329 have been treated and discharged with 7,522 active cases in the country.
According to the health agency’s report, 163 of the new cases were recorded in Lagos, 76 in the FCT and 23 in Ebonyi.
Other affected states were Rivers with 21 cases, Delta, Nasarawa and Niger with eight each, Enugu with six, five each in Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Gombe, four in Benue, two in Ogun, and one each in Osun, Plateau, Kogi and Anambra.
The NCDC noted that 75 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country have unknown sources of infection.
It said that this was normal for a respiratory virus and suggested ongoing community transmission in the country.
Meanwhile, more Nigerians than before are fast losing faith in the orchestrated dangers it allegedly posed.
A woman in Oke-Ado, Ibadan described it as ‘ordinary’ acute Malaria, and asked the Federal Government to give malaria tablets to those still in isolation centres and discharge them, immediately.
“Is it today that we are seeing malaria? Is it not Ako Ibaa?”, she asks, saying she would have just declared herself positive and partake in government money, if not for the fact that her daughter, Silifa may have nobody to properly attend to her.
Speaking in the same version, another citizen, Mr. Debo Agboola at Agugu area of Ibadan advised Government to stop swallowing whatever the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.
“WHO is wrong. They told us it is a virus, now some are saying it is bacteria. They told us it is airborne, now we know it is not true! WHO is marketing this COVID-19 and I can’t understand why Government is playing along with them!”, he stated, praising Governor Seyi Makinde for not shutting down Oyo State and totally wrecking the economy of the State.
Agboola advised the Federal Government to boil dogonyaro leaves, alongside Oruwo, Garlic and Ginger for the affected to steam-inhale, drinking little too, if they would not recover within days.
“Which one is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in this case? The Oyinbo people don’t know much about Ibaa, that’s why it is killing them… but no one in Nigeria can say the same”, he said, praising the Federal Government for relaxing the restrictions.
In the meantime, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Wednesday ordered partial reopening of worship centres in the state for two weeks.
Oyetola, in a meeting held with Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Osogbo, said the decision to reopen worship centers partially was in response to the leaders’ request.
He also said that the reopening was due to Federal Government resolve to lift ban on religious activities.
The governor said the state government had prepared guidelines that must be followed to forestall the possible spread of the virus as a result of the reopening of worship centres.
Oyetola said further actions by the government would be determined by the effect of compliance level to the guidelines by churches and mosques during the two-week period.
He also said that only regular church services of not more than one hour and a maximum of two services would be allowed.
”Jumat service including khutbah (sermon) and prayers must not exceed 20 minutes.
”Vulnerable individuals such as those from age 65 and above and people with underlying ailments such as tuberculosis and diabetes were to continue worshipping at their respective homes,” Oyetola said.
He also directed that all church and mosque premises be fumigated to ensure that the environment are free of virus and other infectious diseases.
“Worshipers are to keep reasonable space in churches and mosques and no worship centre must be filled to capacity during any service and solat, respectively.
“Attendance at any service or solat must not exceed one-third capacity of the church or mosque.
“There should be provision of washing facilities or sanitisers for worshipers before entering the churches and mosques.
“Also, use of face mask is important, sharing of worship devices such as microphones and other musical gadgets should be discouraged. Water and food distribution during service should not be allowed.
“Worshippers must avoid exchange of banters and social distancing must be strictly observed.
”Windows in churches and mosques should be opened during worship for ventilation.
“Signage and notices should be placed at strategic locations to remind worshippers of best hygiene practices to be observed,” the governor said.
He also mandated churches and mosques to provide thermometers to check the temperature of worshippers, adding that whoever has high temperature should not be allowed into the worship centres.
The governor added that vigils and children activities remain suspended and that worship centres with the support of security operatives should set up a taskforce to enforce compliance with measures put in place by the government.
He, however, appreciated the leadership of both religions for their cooperation and understanding since the lockdown began in the state.
“We seek your continued cooperation so that we can together save our people from this deadly outbreak,” the governor said.