A concerned charitable organisation, the District Grand Lodge of Nigeria, has warned Nigerians not to take the precautionary measures of the novel coronavirus pandemic with levity.
The Assistant District Grand Master of the organisation, Mr Peter Osiyemi, gave the warning during a sensitisation programme and distribution of preventive items at the Bodija International market in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The organisation presented COVID-19 preventive items such as face masks and hand sanitizer to the market officials, traders, and buyers.
Osiyemi said that observing the precautionary measures was the only way to fighting and casting out the deadly virus speedily as well as save lives.
Osiyemi, who led the team on the campaign, said that it was imperative for people to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 rules and protocols.
“We as an association are deeply concerned with people’s attitude towards COVID-19. We are bothered about the people’s carelessness, especially at market places. This is why we are going about to sensitise people on the importance of strictly adhering to all precautionary measures against the virus,” he said.
Osiyemi said that the state government should not relent in its effort at ensuring that measures to protect people in public places were provided.
“Our research reveals that a large number of people in the society are not proactive in the fight against the deadly virus as many go about with the belief that it is a disease of the well-to-do.
“We are concerned and we have taken up the responsibility to embark on an exclusive sensitisation to enlighten people as well as orientate them to consciously fight against coronaries.
“We are confident that this exercise will be effective as people at the market place promise to heed to our advice.”
Market heads and traders were also educated on the need to adhere to the government’s directives to safeguard their health.
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