FCTA instructs residents on simple preventative strategies to fight 4th wave of COVID-19

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on residents of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, to place more emphasis on simple preventive strategies such as reducing physical contact, maintaining social distances , the wearing of masks and the washing of hands, to avoid the escalation of the pandemic.

Dr Abubakar Tafida, secretary of the CTF Secretariat for Health and Human Services (HHSS) made this point yesterday by briefing reporters on the 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the CTF.

According to Tafida, “We now have 1,246 active cases. We noted 13 additional cases in the past 24 hours. In terms of people or cases on admission, we have a total of 105; 92 of them are in the Dome, 13 at Abuja University Hospital, Gwagwalada, this signifies the severity of the conditions, so preparedness is essential to effectively manage the pandemic.

“So you can see that in the space of three weeks, we have almost a thousand and more, so if we continue to neglect these preventive measures, the situation could become very alarming and difficult to manage.

“At our last meeting, we looked at the current situation, the growing number of cases, what we have done, and we have developed strategies, which are consistent with the scientific and other data that we have.

“As we ride this wave, the emphasis is still on that we have to take precautions ourselves. Its very important. The public must continue to be made aware of these simple and precise preventive measures.

“And we implore all stakeholders; security, traditional leaders, religious, personalities, to ensure that they support this effort, imploring and advising people to continue to observe these measures. He advised.

He continues, “As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of global upheaval, as there has been a lot of turmoil, destruction, death and socio-economic hardship.

“The Federal Capital Territory has always been in the crosshairs, it is probably only Lagos State that would be ahead of us. But in terms of preparation and leadership and other support, I don’t think there is a state that has overtaken the FCT administration.

“We are making plans and preparations for the expected new cases, and we have enough beds for what we have planned.
We have made adequate arrangements for medical supplies and consumables. He stated.

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