NGF: States to reintroduce COVID protocol to prevent third wave

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To prevent a third wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) says states will reintroduce measures for curbing the spread of the disease.

The governors reached this decision he decision following a presentation by Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the concerns about a third wave of infections in the state.

In a statement issued after the NGF meeting on Wednesday, chairman of the forum, Kayode Fayemi, said the governors also agreed to liaise with the federal government on ways to speed up the procurement of additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Forum received an update from the Governor of Lagos State, H.E Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the recent rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and call for consensual action to prevent a third wave in the country,” Fayemi said in a statement.

“Following the update, the Forum called on all State Governors to revive their COVID protocols and collaborate with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to take appropriate and immediate actions to flatten the transmission curve.

“The Forum will interface with the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 to accelerate processes required to fast track the delivery of additional vaccines for the country.”

While the highly infectious Delta variant has been confirmed in the Nigerian capital Abuja and southwestern Oyo state, it isn’t yet clear what exact measures the governors will reintroduce.

During the first wave of infections, the federal government had introduced guidelines such as restriction of movement, compulsory use of face masks, and strict adherence to physical distancing.

Those measures were later relaxed following a drop in infection numbers.




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