Despite the appeal by health authorities for Nigerians to maintain social distancing as a measure of containing the rapid spread of coronavirus, many are yet to comply in parts of Jos even with the new confirmed case in the city.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has so infected over a thousand people in Nigeria, the Plateau state government recommended ways to prevent one from contracting the virus such as good hygiene, frequent hand washing, and social distancing.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also advised that one of the safeguards against the virus at the moment is that people “stay at home” and “maintain social distancing”.
The virus has infected over a million people with more than 50,000 dead across the world. In many nations, the authorities have ordered people to stay at home to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The Plateau state government on April 23 relaxed the lockdown rules by announcing that only shops and stalls selling food and groceries would be allowed to open to customers in the states.
But the news reaching us now is, the social distancing rules recommended were not being adhered to by many as people were seen staging a protest in the city.
Health experts recommend at least 2 metres distance between persons to avoid the spread of the virus which is usually circulated via droplets from cough or sneezing.
Our reporters also noticed that the protesters were not wearing face mask and hand gloves as recommended.
According to one of the protesters, “Government promised to give us palliatives, we haven’t seen anything yet and we are seriously suffering from ” Covid 20 ” (Hunger virus).”
The protesters were also seen holding leaves, blocking the entire Zaria road(From Farin Gada, down to the heart of the city).
The protesters also said, “We won’t leave the road until the state government provides us with palliatives as earlier promised.”
As at the time of filing this report, a call was put through to the Commissioner of Information, Mr Dan Manjang who said he will find out from the committee on palliatives and get back on adopted measures.
As a media outlet, our major concern is their ignorance towards the social distancing rule. What is the government doing about this?