NCDC May Ban Large Gatherings To Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), large gatherings can increase the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases. As a result, the NCDC may ban large gatherings to reduce the spread of the virus.
Per reports from Pulse, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of NCDC, disclosed this and other relevant preventive measures to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
NCDC May Ban Large gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus
The Director explained that these large events are visible and have the potential to cause serious public health problems if not planned adequately. Ihekweazu revealed that the NCDC is constantly monitoring the epidemiological situation in the country.
“In view of the rapid evolution and global transmission of COVID-19, NCDC will recommend the cancellation of mass gatherings in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. At this stage, we are not advising the cancellation of gatherings. But our advice may change as the epidemiological situation evolves. This is assessed on daily basis and regular updates can be found on www.covid19.ncdc.gov.ng.”
Speaking further he advised monitoring events like church services and other gatherings like sporting events such as football matches. Social events like weddings, funerals, parties, music concerts and others like youth service camps, conferences, and exhibitions should also be monitored.
Other precautions provided to event organisers by Ihekweazu include the use of distancing measures by having more entry and exit points. They should also provide more food points, adequate ventilation, plus handwashing facilities with soap and water. In addition, organisers should use these occasions to reinforce messages on hygiene and staying safe.
Other COVID-19 preventive measures
The director advised that organisers should inform their state ministry of health before holding large gatherings. Other preventive measures disclosed by Ihekweazu include the following:
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid shaking hands, hugging and any other form of physical contact where possible.
- Please stay at home if you feel ill with fever, cough or breathing difficulties.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or tissue paper when you cough.
- Dispose of tissue paper immediately after you sneeze.
For religious gatherings, Ihekweazu encouraged the demonstration of handwashing technique before the start of prayers. He also warned that they should check practices that endanger the congregation such as sharing of the communal cup, receiving holy communion on the tongue and shaking hands.
Also, if you’re just returning from any of the affected countries, the Director advised you remain in self-isolation for 14 days. He urged organisers not to let anyone with symptoms like cough and fever into their premises. In addition, arrangements should be made to check for symptoms upon entry.
Source: Pulse NG