NCDC has called on Nigerians to continue staying at home – According to the agency, this will go a long way in curbing the outbreak of coronavirus – Meanwhile, NCDC commended Church leaders nationwide for taking responsibility in the effort to curb COVID-19 spread
Director-general, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has urged Nigerians to continue to comply with federal government directive by staying at home as they celebrate Easter.
Ihekweazu said that staying at home was necessary to contain coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, while giving an update on COVID-19, in Abuja on Sunday.
According to him, the pandemic is a global issue and not unique to Nigeria and many across the globe would have loved to celebrate Easter by visiting family and friends,. ”However, this year, it’s different for all of us. “The health and safety of all Nigerians must be the first priority, especially right now.
”Christians should observe, the most holiest of days in the Christian calendar, the day Jesus Christ resurrected after his death by crucifixion, but, within the confines of their homes. “Because the virus is spread mainly through respiratory droplets exchanged from person to person, keeping people away from one another and avoiding mass gatherings altogether, is one of the most fail-safe ways to help stop the spread. ”Holding services digitally and live streaming the Easter message through various platforms, is necessary to reinforce the message of love and sacrifice which is what Easter is about,” he said.
Ihekweazu commended Church leaders nationwide for taking responsibility in the effort to curb COVID-19 spread and leveraging on technology to reach and continue to encourage their congregation in the difficult times.