The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has made shocking revelations about the virus’ new developments in Nigeria.
According to Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), one out of five people screened for the virus over the past week turned out to be positive.
Mustapha in his revelations pointed out that Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Algeria, and Kenya are now epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mustapha also pointed out that the epicentres of COVID-19 on the continent are now Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Algeria, and Kenya, accounting for 76 percent of all cases in the African region.
Mustapha, who doubles as SGF’s Secretary to the Government of the Federation, further clarified that in the highest cumulative case load, Nigeria has moved up to seventh.
He said the country remains second for new cases and fifth highest in total deaths in the World Health Organisation, WHO African region.
For these reasons, Mustapha called on all segments of the society to get involved in risk communication and community involvement.
He also shared good vaccine news, assuring people that the Presidential Task Force will ensure the vaccine is administered.
“We must, however, work together as foot soldiers in the vaccine advocacy so that we can eliminate the pandemic,” the SGF said.
He said that the success of the PTF national response shall not depend on vaccines alone, insisting that compliance with the non-pharmaceutical protocols must remain top on individual priorities of all Nigerians.
The PTF Chairman went on to remind the people that the COVID-19 is raging, noting that all tiers of government and citizens must keep their hands-on-deck.
“We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.
“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received. We must do everything possible to avoid the second lockdown in Nigeria,” Mr. Mustapha stated.