The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed this evening that the federal government of Nigeria may be forced to enforce a fresh lockdown if Nigerians do not comply with social distancing order given.
Today there were cases of serial violations of the measures given by the federal government as the lockdown is relaxed for the first day.
While having the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 today, the Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said businesses must join hands to enforce the required health measures.
“Initial reports are not too pleasing across the country,” Ihekweazu said following series of reports of violation.
He enumerated that the banks’ decision to open a few branches could be counterproductive as people swarmed around the few opened today.
“So there’s only so much we can do,” he said, “we can produce all the guidelines in the world, we can preach, hold press conferences, but if organisations are not going to support the implementation of these measures and help us manage the risk . . . how do we want to manage and mitigate the risk of exposure, the risk of transmission?”
The NCDC boss said the there was “no doubt” that Monday’s behaviour will result in more infections, but urged the nation to learn from it or return to square one.
“Yes, we knew today would be a problem,” he said. “Everybody here knew today would be a problem because for the first time people were let out of their homes.
“But now that we have seen the sunlight again, the challenge for us as a society is how do we now organise ourselves to mitigate this risk, to limit transmission.
“Yes, we might have a few extra transmission today and tomorrow, but what we don’t want is an explosion of new infections. If we do have that new explosion, there would be almost no choice for the leadership of the country than to ask everybody to go back into our homes.”