Coronavirus: Social distancing has failed in Nigeria – NMA president

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The president of the Nigerian Medical Association, Professor Innocent Ujah, says that social distancing has failed in the country, so he urges the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to develop new strategies to slow the spread of the virus.

The NMA president spoke on Monday on a television program in Abuja monitored by journalists.

Ujah said it was necessary for the PTF, which is mandated by the president to coordinate the country’s response to the pandemic, to improve its investigative arm so that it can understand why Nigerians ignore some of its protocols.

He said: “The issue of compliance with the NCDC (Nigerian Center for Disease Control) protocols – the use of masks, hand sanitizers and social distancing – is a huge challenge. The issue of social distancing has failed in Nigeria. It’s not likely to be successful and so we need another strategy, other ways that we can improve compliance with the NCDC protocol.

“Yes, in general, many people now wear face masks, but unfortunately when you go to towns and markets, none of the protocols are practiced at all. Maybe the airlines and some others like the churches obey these protocols. “

He added: “I’ve always talked about the PTF research angle. We need to find out, we don’t need to speculate, we should have gone into town and got a quick response and analyzed the data to find out why people are not complying, and then we will navigate to see how they will comply. “

Ujah charged all stakeholders with the need to work assiduously to curb the spread of the virus, especially as the country battles a second wave of the pandemic while seeking to prevent a new strain of the virus from the UK.

“Doctors are always committed to this cause and we ask them not to give in despite the harsh environment.

“The reality is that Covid-19 is with us and we need to improve our game. Nigerian stakeholders, the Nigerian people and the National Guidance Agency also need to improve their own awareness and communication channels because we are really in trouble if we don’t do it very quickly, ”he said.

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