Spike in COVID-19: Soldiers to enforce use of face masks in Enugu

Spike in COVID-19: Soldiers to enforce use of face masks in Enugu

By Anayo Okoli

WORRIED by the carefree angle of residents to sporting of face masks and different coronavirus, COVID-19 preventive measures, within the face of the rising variety of constructive circumstances, Enugu State Government yesterday mentioned it will have interaction the companies of troopers to implement sporting of face masks.

The authorities mentioned it was disturbed that some residents of the state nonetheless regard the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic as a rip-off, urging such individuals to have a rethink as a result of the pandemic was actual and killing individuals everywhere in the world, together with Enugu.

Addressing journalists, the Expert Medical Advisory Committee, EMAC, mentioned Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was involved that individuals have been dying mysteriously within the state and attributed the deaths to COVID-19 and never malaria as erroneously being claimed by some individuals.

The Chairman of the committee, Prof. Emmanuel Ejim, mentioned individuals ought to now not delude themselves that COVID-19 was a rip-off, saying it was killing individuals in Nigeria, together with Enugu State therefore the necessity for the governor to arrange the committee to supply recommendation on the de-escalation of the outbreak which plenty of contaminated individuals had spiked within the state.

The committee defined that the federal government was speaking with the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, to authorize the engagement of troopers to implement the safety measure, notably, sporting of face masks as “the police have not been helpful, especially in the metropolis”.

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Ejim lamented that of state’s present 261 constructive circumstances, over 70 of them have been well being staff, representing about 25% of the quantity, saying “the ongoing hand hygiene activities that were being adhered to initially are slowly slumping into the complacent neglect. The nonchalance, non-compliance is worrisome; the outbreak should be of serious concern to the citizens. Covid-19 is killing us, it is with us, it is killing us, it is everywhere, people are dying of COVID-19, not malaria. Enugu needs at least three testing centres with one located in Nsukka.”

According to him, EMAC had engaged with individuals of various sectors within the state, together with the Church, market leaders, transport unions right down to the native authorities council stage saying: “interestingly, the knowledge of the existence of COVID-19 was not in doubt, but the commitment and capacity to enforce the necessary preventive action specifically the wearing of face masks, observing physical distancing and ensuring hand hygiene were all being undermined by several factors that we continue to unearth.”

The chairman careworn the necessity to strictly implement the preventive measures as there’s presently no drug for the remedy of the virus “everything now is supportive, no drug for now”.

He additionally mentioned the committee was within the technique of getting recovered sufferers of COVID-19 to return to the open to share their experiences, as a piece of the stakeholders engaged mentioned that that they had by no means seen anyone who suffered from the virus to make them consider.

He urged the media to do extra to coach the folks that the virus is actual and inform them of the necessity to adhere to preventive measures.

In the face of the rising variety of well being staff contaminated by the virus, the committee additionally met with non-public medical institutions within the state who appealed to the federal government to “support them with personal protective equipment, PPEs, bailout of insolvent private hospitals and immediate scaling up of testing and surveillance capacities.”


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