TOYIN ADEBAYO , ABUJA
The Director General of the FCT Management Agency (FEMA) Alh. Idriss Abbas has reiterated the ageny preparedness to handle any outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus in the FCT.
Adding that, as part of the preparedness to tackle any eventuality in the FCT, arising from the outbreak of the Corona Virus, FEMA has been able to acquire modern protective kits for its rescue team in any case of eventuality.
According to him, “As you all know, we are not medical doctors, but we have to respond to any case of emergency, that is why our Nurses and paramedics are provided with modern protective kits to tackle any outbreak from the Corona Virus”.
He also revealed that the agency has also acquired COVID19 screening gadgets for to insure the safety of all staff, adding that with these gadgets everyone entering the office environment is screened, BP checked and their hands sanitized.
The FEMA Boss also added that the agency has since mobilized to the grassroots in an effort to create awareness on the virus and to teach them ways to avert contacting the virus, and has also been embarking on radios, televisions and other media platform to intensify public education of the pandemic.
According to him, “we will be distributing hand sanitizers, Nose Masks and also strive to remind them of the use of ashes to clean their hands in the olden days in case they have forgotten, So we will try to appeal to them to manage whatever thing they have to maintain personal hygiene, so that if we cannot avert it, we can reduce the impact in the FCT”.
“The FEMA Director General, said UNICEF and the United Nations Agency for Health and other key Development Agencies are cooperating with Nigeria to ensure the safety of all especially now that we have discovered the Virus in Nigeria. So there is that Collaboration with all the relevant Agencies”, he said.
He added that everything is being put together to ensure the safety in FCT residents, adding that isolation centre have been built in the FCT to tackle the spread of the Virus in the FCT.
He also urged other business owners, Schools, religious bodies and government offices to contribute to the effort of government on educating the public about the virus by acquiring COVID19 screen gargets, hand sanitizers, to safeguard the safety of the people around them, stressing that personal and environmental hygiene is key to winning the fight against the virus.
Idriss advised FCT residents to avoid crowded places, avoid close body contacts and handshakes, wash their hand with soap and clean water, avoid non essential travel to places with high rate of virus and maintain cleanliness.
He appealed to residents to join in the sensitization against pandemic, and he caution against those who spread news that the virus cannot survive in Nigeria or that it is not a black man sickness, adding that it is a pandemic that will affect all if not averted. He urges all hands to be on deck to keep FCT safe.