The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic, has alerted the Federal Capital Territory residents of the high prevalence and community spread of the virus.
Mr Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, gave the red alert on Friday in Abuja while receiving Personal Protective Equipment worth N10 million from Rotary District 9125 led by the Governor, Victor Onukhugwa.
Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Mr Olusegun Adekunle, thanked Rotary Club and appealed for the help of Rotary International in taking the COVID-19 awareness campaign to the communities.
Items donated include sterile gloves, Latex examination gloves, facemasks with shield, surgical facemasks, N95 facemasks, KN95 facemasks, disposable theatre gowns, waterproof aprons, safety goggles, theatre caps, shoe covers, hand-sanitizers 300mls, infrared thermometers and 9V batteries for thermometers.
On the Coronavirus, he disclosed that the prevalence is high in 20 local government areas across the country which contribute 60 percent of the cases to the national figures.
The PTF had said that as at June 1, only Cross River State had not recorded a confirmed COVID-19 case.The report put the Cases Fatality Rate (CFR) at three per cent.
The 20 council-contributors are Mainland, Abuja Municipal, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Tarauni, Katsina, Alimosho, Maiduguri, Kosofe and Dutse.
Other are Ikeja, Nassarawa, Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Oredo, Bauchi, Lagos Island, Surulere and Ado Odo/Ota.
On the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols, Mustapha described it as abysmal, pointing out:”That is why there is community spread of the virus. We want to sensitize Nigerians on the dangers of this.
“We urge Rotary to help us take the awareness further. The risk management team is available to share strategy with Rotary International.”
The SGF, who noted that the ravaging effect of the coronavirus is there for everyone to see, said it has impacted both governance and the economy negatively.
“It is for us to strategist for a new way of life. A good number of staff have not been at work for the past four months. The impact of this in the economy is glaring. The fatality rate is quite high. We keep telling Nigerians that please these are not just numbers but brothers, sisters and colleagues that has passed on.
“Some groups and clubs have been trying hard for us to control this. The resources needed are enormous to fight the virus,” he noted.
Mustapha commended Rotary District 9125 for the donations, noting that some of the items were scarce commodities being chased after by some other countries in desperate need of them.
“We acknowledged that the donations are useful. The items are being chased globally even if you have resources you might not get it.
“The donation is gratifying because hundreds of medical personnel have been infected perhaps due to lack of kits. It will be used judiciously and it will be accounted for. We received this items with gratitude.
“We must form a chain and therefore we cannot afford to have a weak link in the chain,” the PRE chair said.
In his remarks, the District 9125 Governor, Dr Onukwugha, congratulated Nigeria for being certified as polio free by the World Heakth Organization.
He said since the outbreak of coronavirus, the club has donated materials to the less priveldge and vulnerable groups in the FCT.
“We have come here with PPE to donate to what you have. We are happy that we have provided these items.
“Beyond this, we are keen to ensure that Nigeria is COVID-19 free. We have people on the field doing advocacy, before COVID-19 we have advocating for hand washing,” he said at the occasion.