Coronavirus: Medical doctors tell Nigerians to be careful and also warn them to prepare for another lockdown
The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) says Nigerians should stay away from behaviours that may cause the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country or prepare for another lockdown.
The chairman of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) chapter, Dr Lanre Olosunde, gave the advice on Sunday, May 3, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, Kwara state’s capital.
Olosunde’s issued the advice following the partial lifting of the four-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja by the federal government. NOTV Blog notes that the easing of the lockdown begins today, Monday, May 4.
The new measures included a nationwide night-time curfew, the mandatory wearing of face masks and a ban on “non-essential” inter-state travels. The medical doctor warned that the country may be shut down again if the number of cases continues to rise.
He said that the partial lifting of lockdown was premature just as there is already evidence of community spread and the country’s testing capacity is still very low. Olosunde, however, urged Nigerians to behave responsibly and following the laid down rules to ensure the prevention of COVID-19 spread.
“Everyone should also be prepared for another round of possible lockdowns, if cases continue to increase exponentially,” he warned. The medical doctor advised the elderly and those at any age who have underlying chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, HIV, among others, to take extra precautions and stay at home because they were most vulnerable to the infectious disease.