The Federal Government of Nigeria has warned Nigerian citizens against being complacent and letting their guard down in containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government stated that the long-awaited vaccines against the virus might not be arriving as soon as the people may have been expecting.
The country’s Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, made this statement on Thursday in Abuja the nation’s capital, at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing.
Mamora did however assured Nigerians that regardless of the delay, the government was working very hard to acquire vaccines.
The Minister of State for Health was represented by the Director, Hospital Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi.
“We need to be alive to get the vaccines when they come. I have brought this up to underscore the importance of compliance with non-pharmaceutical measures as advised to reduce transmission.
“The Federal Government is determined to ensure morbidity due to COVID-19 is reduced to the barest minimum while improving on the fatality rate,” he said.
Dr. Adebiyi added that appropriate measures were being taken by the Federal government to achieve the objectives.
Like many other African countries, Nigeria is currently experiencing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of recorded cases have been steadily rising, with Lagos State, the country’s commercial nerve center, constantly recording the largest figures.
On January 3, The Lagos State Government announced that all public and private schools below tertiary school level in the State are to remain closed indefinitely due to the outbreak of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The total number of recoded COVID-19 cases in the country is now more than 94,000 with over 1,300 reported COVID-19 related deaths.
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