By Deborah Mustapha
The President, Muhammadu Buhari , has disclosed his readiness to welcome massive supports from Monarchies, CAN and NSCIA in the course of another round of lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, Ogun and some other states in the country by two weeks to curb Covid-19.
“I will take this opportunity to recognise the massive support from our traditional rulers, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) during this pandemic”, he said.
The President made this announcement in a national broadcast aired recently on National Television Authority (NTA).
He hereby urged Nigerians to be very calm and endure the measures put in place to eradicate COVID-19 in the country.
In a statement from the speech, the President thanked Nigerians for their supports and also the support from the business communities.
“I wish to thank you all most sincerely for the great sacrifice you are making for each other at this critical time, I also acknowledge the support and contributions received from public-spirited individuals, the business community and our international partners and friends,
“I must also thank the media houses, celebrities and other public figures for the great work they are doing in sensitizing our citizens on hygienic practices, social distancing and issues associated with social gatherings”, he appreciated.
President Buhari noted that “as a result of the overwhelming support and cooperation received, we were able to achieve a lot during these 14 days of initial lockdown as we implemented comprehensive public health measures that intensified our case identification, testing, isolation and contact tracing capabilities.”
“To date, we have identified 92% of all identified contacts while doubling the number of testing laboratories in the country and raising our testing capacity to 1,500 tests per day,
“We also trained over 7,000 Healthcare workers on infection prevention and control while deploying NCDC teams to 19 states of the federation”, President stressed.
However, Lagos and Abuja today can admit some 1,000 patients each across several treatment centres as many State Governments have also made provisions for isolation wards and treatment centres. We will also build similar centres near our airports and land borders.
Nevertheless, using our resources and those provided through donations, we will adequately equip and man these centres in the coming weeks. Already, health care workers across all the treatment centres have been provided with the personal protective equipment that they need to safely carry out the care they provide.
“Our hope and prayers are that we do not have to use all these centres. But we will be ready for all eventualities at this point, I must recognise the incredible work being done by our healthcare workers and volunteers across the country especially in frontline areas of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory,
“You are our heroes and as a nation, we will forever remain grateful for your sacrifice during this very difficult time. More measures to motivate our health care workers are being introduced which we will announce in the coming weeks,
“As a nation, we are on the right track to win the fight against COVID-19”, Buhari disclosed.
To state a few of his messages to Nigerians as he said close to 60 points in his address.
However, with the admission for another 14 days lockdown and isolation, the Federal Republic of Nigeria hope for a great result as they pray, hope and work down the virus.
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