Thursday, April 9, 2020

Covid-19 Lockdown: CEPEJ To Federal Government, Embark On Nationwide Door-to-door Virus Test.

....As Ijaw Traditional Chief Commends Federal Government palliatives on Covid-19 pandemic.

.... Commends  National Assembly's Leadership Style, and fight against Global Covid-19 pandemic.

By Victor Bieni

WARRI-DELTA-The IBE-SORE- MOWEI of Ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom,  and National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has called on Nigerians to obey the sit-at-home order of the Federal and State Governments aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, while appealing to the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency embark on door-to-door Nationwide virus test to all Nigerians.

The  renowned peace, human rights and sustainable environment advocacy NGO, the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, made the call at a press briefing cum food distribution exercise on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Warri, Delta State Commended the Federal Government efforts as well as the National Assembly's Leadership Style on the fight against Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Comrade  Sheriff Mulade stated that it is worthy of note that his  Center has  embarked on the distribution of food stuffs, hand sanitizers and buckets amongst others, to compliment Government's efforts at all levels.

The World Distinguished Activist and Peace Advocate, Environmentalist who expressed fear over the rise in COVID-19 cases to 254 in the country as reported by NCDC on Wednesday, stated that the only way to combat the spread was to adhere strictly to the proactive measures of the Federal Government, the National Assembly and the State Govts by sitting at home during the lockdown and by obeying the rules and guidelines of the Health Ministries and the NCDC.

Comrade Chief Sheriff Mulade then Commended President Buhari and his team for their roles so far, added that since  COVID-19 has no cure for now, the only sure way to contain the spread of the virus was the lockdown directive by the President and the State Governors.

 Chief Mulade, an Ambassador of Peace, advised Nigerians to obey all the directives and meticulously follow the instructions of various health agencies for a win-win situation.

The Niger-Delta Activist then outlined the statistics of COVID-19 cases of other countries compared it to that of Nigeria, then  commended the Federal Government and the NCDC for their efforts towards combating the spread of the deadly virus in Nigeria, and  all Nigerians for complying with the Government lockdown order despite the usual communal life among them.

He enjoined Nigerians to appreciate the Federal Government for the distribution of test kits, drugs, food, amongst others to hospitals and isolation centres across the Federation.

He urged Nigerians to maintain personal and environmental hygiene by washing their hands regularly with soap and running water, cleaning frequently used items and surfaces, using alcohol based sanitizers, wearing of face masks and hand gloves, and practising social distancing, amongst others, to curb the killer virus COVID-19 from spreading in the country.

He appealed to wealthy Nigerians to assist by providing medical facilities and drugs to hospitals, isolation centres, community health centers, and food stuffs to the less privileged as palliatives to cushion the economic effects of the lockdown on the people.

He suggested that at the expiration of the first phase of the lockdown, the Federal Government, the leadership of the National Assembly, State Governors and other relevant authorities should, as a matter of urgent public importance, re-strategize and adopt proactive steps to cushion the suffering of Nigerians and other nationals, and then embark on one full week nationwide lockdown to carry out a thorough door-to-door COVID-19 test on everyone.

The Activist noted that  the on-going lockdown period, will no doubt,  ascertain the actual number of cases in the country for immediate medical attention, in order to eradicate the deadly global pandemic from Nigeria and save more lives.

He said, if the Federal Government and Ministry of Health could carry out nationwide door-to-door vaccination of children to prevent them from polio and other diseases, then it is also possible to do same with this more deadly COVID-19 virus.

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