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COVID-19: experts advocate social distancing, handwashing

International and local Medical experts has recommended a social distancing and variety of options to curb the spread of OVID-19 in the Country .

The Medical experts believed that reducing the probability of an uninfected person, contact with an infected person with good respiratory hygiene and handwashing would curtail further transmission of the virus.

Social distancing is one of the Important strategies in the practice of infection control.

Globally, social distancing was used in the past to slow down the spread of infectious diseases and to avoid overburdening healthcare systems, particularly during a pandemic.

The closing of schools, large markets, offices, restriction, isolation and quarantine of confirmed cases and total lockdown were measures already being implemented to prevent the spread Coronavirus pandemic in country.

Lagos, one of Nigeria’s most populous cities and is one of the states locked down by the Presidential order as part of measures to suppress the virus.
Barely 72 hours into the lockdown, some Lagos residents are already struggling with total compliance.

Many of the residents sat outside their homes in groups discussing the current situation, complaining of lack of power supply, boredom and loss of revenue as factors preventing them from staying indoors.

In some instances, security operatives had to disperse some youths who were using major roads as football pitches, while some residents were reportedly detained by military personnel for roaming about when they should be indoors

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi described such actions as contrary to the principle of social distancing, but noted that the Lagos State government would not use force on residents, because the lockdown and other measures are in the best interest of all.

“A lockdown can never be 100% if we are practicing social distancing, we should automatically see a slow down and a flattening of the curve and eventually a reduction, so, it is up to everybody” He said.

Professor Abayomi urged residents to obey the directive of the Federal and State governments to stay at home and maintain social distancing and imbibe a high level of personal hygiene.

Omolara Omosanya

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