Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council has urged residents of the state to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19 pandemic by obeying laid-down safety measures against the spread.
The Chairman of the Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday.
Agubuzu spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing sensitisation being carried out by traditional rulers in various communities in the state.
According to him, COVID-19 is real and affecting people; notwithstanding creed, socio-cultural, economic and political belief or inclination.
“We want everybody around us to drop the initial myth that COVID-19 pandemic only affects people living in temperate or cold weather regions of the world.
“That effective heat from the sunlight alone can take care of it in Africa and by extension Nigeria. This is not true.
“However, it is clear that no one is immune from the virus; and it does not respect weather, social status or economic class,’’ he said.
Agubuzu called on the residents to also support the state government’s effort to check the pandemic by obeying simple COVID-19 protocol safety rules.
“Wearing of face mask in all public gathering is not an option but compulsory for all.
“Regular hand washing with soap under running water for some seconds or robbing an alcoholic-based sanitiser have come to stay with us, not just for the COVID-19 but for the general health and well-being of everybody.
“We should never forget that our gathering should be with limited number of people and with enough physical spacing in such gathering,’’ he said.
Agubuzu, however, lauded Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for putting in place COVID-19 isolation centres across the state as well as upgrading the capacity of health facilities.
“Ugwuanyi has provided ambulances placed in various strategic locations in the state to attend to suspected cases of COVID-19.
“We also thank the governor for the assemblage of the best medical hands in the state’s COVID-19 taskforce, who are dedicated to do the work and take the risk.
“The governor, earlier, mobilised leaders at the community level – President-Generals, traditional rulers etc, for massive awareness even as we continued on it,’’ he said. (NAN)
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