PTF on Covid-19 rolls out guide on lockdown

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The Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has unveiled an Implementation Guide and Protocols document for the management of the presidential directive on lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun state.

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Mustapha,at the daily national briefing of PTF on COVID-19 in Abuja on Wednesday, said the document, among other things, is aimed at building synergy in the ongoing war against conoravirus in the country.

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The SGF also noted that there was a remarkable compliance with the presidential order in the affected areas while there were pockets of challenges in other states where governors had also taken measures.

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“You will recall that Mr. President in his broadcast announced a number of restrictions particularly in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. You will also recall that the PTF met with Security Chiefs to review the Status of Implementation as it affects compliance and enforcement.

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“We have received situation reports from the Federal Road Safety Corps on inter-state traffic across the country as at Tuesday, 31st March, 2020. Indications are that there was a reasonable level of compliance with the Presidential directive which has led to great reduction of traffic on major highways. We have however received reports of challenges arising from the enforcement of the Presidential directives by security agents generally and in States where Governors have also imposed their own measures.

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“As we continue to dialogue to remove the bottlenecks, I am pleased to inform you that the PTF has developed an Implementation Guide and Protocols for the COVID-19 Lockdown Policy. This document will be widely circulated to all security agencies and will be discussed with sub-national entities for the purpose of building synergy in the fight against the virus,” Mustapha said.

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He assured that the guidelines and protocols will be published in the national dailies and as well broadcast on the news networks for more awareness.

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said all agencies are fine-tunning measures to contain COVID-19.

“Vaccines against Coronavirus are still a long way off, so that interventions such as social distancing and self-isolation are all we have to curb the spread of the disease,” the minister said.

He said nine persons have been treated and discharged from the hospital while two deaths are recorded from COVID-19, noting that both persons had serious underlying ailments which aggravated their conditions.

Ehanire said the Ministry of Health is using the window of opportunity of the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun, to accelerate activities to detect, isolate and treat cases.

“This is important because our ability to achieve the objectives in these states, will largely define our success in slowing the spread of infection in our country.

“As the Federal and State governments deploy human and material resources to achieve this, a critical factor will be the cooperation of members of the public. I shall at this point remind everyone of the injunctions of His Excellency the President to all citizens to stay at home in the areas under lockdown. By doing this, you would have contributed a lot to the efforts of Government to quickly put coronavirus under control and return to our routine activities,” he added.

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Enahire said a 1,000-bed space centre is ready for isolation and treatment of mild to moderate cases, which will be expanded if need arises.

“We have ICU units ready in Gwagwalada and National Hospital, for those who may have complications, especially those with underlying illnesses like tuberculosis, HIV, cancer, and also the elderly. We again urge families to protect their elderly and vulnerable people by not exposing them to unnecessary social hazards,” he pleaded.

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