By Shola Adewunmi
Lagos State government has said Lagosians should not nurse any fear over coronavirus, advising that they should constantly follow the hygiene practices made public by the government.
This was said by the Senior Special Assistant On Health to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dr Oreoluwa Finnih, at the sensitisation and media engagement programme organised by the State’s Ministry of Health in partnership with UNICEF, held in Lagos.
Finnih stressed that everyone must be involved in the response to coronavirus, stating that the programme was to deepen the knowledge of the media on reporting the virus and not to base their reporting to spot reporting.
She urged media to do more in educating the public on the virus and give some sorts of comfort and confident to the people.
The Governor’s aide stated further that there is no reason to panic , stressing that there are alot of information in the public on the hygiene practices that should be done by the residents.
She added ” We should wash our hands often, we should use hand sanitizer . While coughing we should cover our mouth with our elbow . If anybody is ill, we should stay away from the person ”
“People should minimise movement . They should only go to places that are essential . These are the kind of messages we want to pass to the people of Lagos state”, said Finnih
In his lecture, the Representative of World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Wanzingi Bassey, pointed out the three mode of transmitting COVID-19 which includes Import, local and community mode.
Bassey said that it would be grave to have community transmission in Nigeria because of her high number of densely populated areas in the country, disclosing that currently the country is still at import transmission stage.
” What we have in Nigeria currently is import cases and those that contacted it through the import cases make us to have the local cases as well.
A Development Communicator from UNICEF, Dr Hillary Uzor, advised the media to be mindful of the language they use in reporting the pandemic to avoid public panic, saying that people must have access to up to date and credible information on the virus.