As Nigeria is witnessing the second wave of COVID 19 infection, the Federal Ministry has commenced the Terminal Environmental Decontamination/Disinfection of Premises where COVID-19 cases have been recorded stemming out of requests from such quarters.
The Minister of Environment, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar disclosed this at a press briefing on the national issues and concerns relating to the environment sector in Abuja, yesterday.
Abubakar said the ministry is determined to continue to support the Federal Government’s coordinated response to the Pandemic, promising the Ministry’s readiness to render qualitative services.
He said the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, has been advocating Nigerians to observe safety provisions in the Protocol for Corona Virus Disease control in the Country.
Abubakar recalled that the Ministry, being one of the Line COVID-19 Response Ministries, proactively mobilized the general public at the inception of the infections earlier this year, towards understanding the nature, mode of spread, and control measures.
He maintained that maintenance of sterility of Premises, Containments, Dwellings, and Offices is the main objective of the Ministry’s Decontamination/Disinfection intervention in order for their users to be safeguarded against letting in the Virus and other microbes into their systems.
The Minister reiterated the need for Nigerian Citizens to adhere strictly to provisions of the COVID-19 control protocol as the main barriers to the virus spread, adding that Hand hygiene, Respiratory hygiene, Avoidance of crowd, Physical distancing as well as terminal and concurrent decontamination/disinfection must continue to be adopted by all and sundry.
Abubakar appealed to Nigerians to embrace the safe utilization of Decontamination formulations and administration by engaging only licensed Environmental Health Practitioners for Decontamination/Disinfection Services as an efficient non-pharmaceutical Corona control measure.
He, therefore, appreciated the efforts of Buhari’s government in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 in the Country, expressing hope that the second wave of the Pandemic will be promptly controlled effectively.
On his own, the acting Registrar, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, EHORECON, Dr. Baba Yakubu Mohammed lamented that the second wave of the COVID 19 is more deadly than the first hence the need to strengthen the preventive health service.
“The preventive health is responsible for containment of the COVID 19, and what we are doing as profession is to alert our members which the Minister has given directive for immediate activation of all our resources, to do intensive environmental surveillance and inspection, by making sure that more specially in public places and at home to introduce artificial and natural ventilation,” he said.
Mohammed urged Nigerians to sure that issue of overcrowding is reduced to the minimal.
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