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By Adedapo Adesanya

Nigerians have been urged to take collective responsibility as the country is currently experiencing a fourth wave of COVID-19.

This was revealed by the managing director of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, in a statement.

“Nigeria has seen a 500% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks across the country, caused by the Delta and Omicron variants,” the statement said.

“As of December 19, 2021, a total of 223,887 cases and 2,985 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The country is now in a fourth wave of COVID-19. The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as the NCDC and its partners, are therefore stepping up risk communication efforts to remind Nigerians of the risk. which we are faced with and must assume collective responsibility. to reduce the transmission of the virus, ”he added.

The NCDC said the response to the virus requires a collaborative approach.

“Therefore, individuals, families and institutions must also play their role to protect each other by ensuring compliance with public health and social measures related to COVID-19,” the statement said.

“Critically, Nigerians are urged to adhere to the measures recommended by the NCDC and other public health authorities as they celebrate Christmas and New Years.

“Please avoid all non-essential travel within and outside Nigeria to reduce the risk of transmission. The virus that causes COVID-19 is more likely to spread in mass gatherings, especially when kept indoors at full capacity and with poor ventilation.

“We strongly recommend outdoor events with physical distancing, the mandatory use of face masks, and the provision of hand washing facilities or hand sanitizers. Please take every opportunity available to you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The government has made these vaccines available to all eligible citizens and booster doses available for those who have already been vaccinated, ”he added.

As part of its efforts against the virus, the NCDC said it was launching a Celebrate responsibly countryside.

“The Celebrate responsibly campaign which runs from Christmas holidays to the start of the new year, emphasizes the responsibility of all Nigerians, government, private sector, institutions, associations, communities, families and individuals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said the press release. .

“Religious leaders and heads of institutions, organizations and businesses are urged to enforce public respect for COVID-19 preventive measures in their jurisdiction. COVID-19 continues to threaten the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, so we must not let our guard down this holiday season. We urge Nigerians to take all necessary precautions to ensure that we and our loved ones live to celebrate many other events and festivities.

“The campaign includes the production of key messages, audio and visual material for wide dissemination. The NCDC urges all individuals, traditional and religious leaders, business owners, media, transport workers and other institutions and sectors to join the campaign by adopting the key messages and sharing them within their networks.

“The Celebrate responsibly The campaign calls on all Nigerians to take all necessary precautions for a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year celebration, ”the agency added.

Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean