Community leaders call for more testing centres, kits in FCT
Cyril Mbah, Abuja. April 5, 2020.
As the lockdown over coronavirus continues in the Federal Capital Territory, traditional and political leaders in the territory have called for more testing centres and sufficient prevention kits to cover the nook and crannies of the territory.
The traditional rulers in separate interviews, also called on the people to obey the stay-at-home order and obey other safety measures as prescribed by the government through the National Centre for Disease Control [NCDC] to curtail the spread of Covid 19.
Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in the FCT, Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, who is also the Onah of Abaji Area Council appealed to residents in an interview with newsmen to stop doubting, social courtesies like shaking hands with people and to patiently stay at home apart from washing their hands regularly after touching objects.
He told newsmen that it was imperative to extend the testing process for coronavirus across the entire populace to enable government detect people who may have been infected and are walking about without knowing they carry the virus.
The monarch said: “It will be much easier to track and treat infected persons when every Nigerian is tested for symptoms of the virus than testing people at random. People in the rural areas are at risk especially since there are no testing centres near.
“Government should look at the possibility of testing everybody notwithstanding their social status to confirm whether or not they have the virus. This way, the control of coronavirus will be more effective.”
He also called on traditional and political leaders to take the front roll in providing necessary public enlightenment for the people who do not know much about the diseases.
On his part, the traditional ruler of Kwali Area Council HRH [Etsu] Dr. Sha’aban Audu Mizazo traders, who assemble at community markets every market day to exercise patience and observe the stay-at-home order since doing so will be in their best interest.
He warned that person can spread the virus to the entire communities through carelessness and stating that residents should voluntarily adhere to the stay-at-home order instead of compelling the government to use security personnel to enforce the directive.
“It is imperative that whatever the government says that will enhance the lives of the people should be obeyed and respected. This is because the government has the good interest of the people in mind and it is right for us to show patriotism by obeying the sit at home order to stay alive.
Former Kwali Area Council Chairman, Mr. Joseph K. Shazen also spoke on the need to increase testing and treatment centres especially to cover the entire population in rural areas and stop the spread of the disease.