Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19) has called for an improved level of compliance with the preventive measures against COVID-19 as Christmas and New Year approaches. The Committee has also declared that vigils could take place in worship centers on the night of 31st December 2020, provided that the mandated precautionary measures against COVID-19 are fully complied with.
The Chairman of the Committee and Vice Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, made the declaration while addressing newsmen after the Inter-ministerial Committee’s meeting held in Akure. The Professor noted that as several countries are currently experiencing the second wave of the COVID-19, there is an urgent need to prevent any further increase in the number of cases in Nigeria – and this is a collective responsibility.
In his words, “it is necessary we continue to do our best to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. It is a collective responsibility particularly as we celebrate in this period. The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is being experienced globally and a new round of lockdown is happening in several countries. The only way to avoid another lockdown in Nigeria is for every individual to strictly adhere to the preventive measures against the spread of the virus.”
Fatusi who urged all organisers of Christmas carol and end-of-the-year/new year programmes to ensure full compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures mandated for religious services maintained that Churches, mosques and other worship centres must strictly ensure hand washing, social distancing, and proper use of face masks at all their services. He urged churches and mosques to set up internal enforcement teams that would help monitor and enforce adherence to the preventive measures stipulated by the Committee.