COVID-19 Spike: Ondo Journalists advocate immediate lockdown

….. Prays for Akeredolu, others; mourns late Health Commissioner

The members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Ondo state, under the leadership of Comrade Adetona Aderoboye have called on Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN to declare a total lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

This was coming on the heels of the spike in the cases of the virus across the state which has risen to over 300.

In a statement issued by the union and jointly signed by its Chairman and the Secretary, Leke Adegbite, NUJ was also concerned that the state Health facilities had been overstretched by the pandemic, saying no doubt the state is in health crisis, and prayed God to grant the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and other COVID-19 patients quickest recovery.

“We equally register our sincere condolences to the family, people and government of Ondo state over the sudden death of the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro who also chaired the state Taskforce on COVID-19 until his death. We pray Almighty Allah to grant his soul peaceful rest and continue to uphold his family.

“The Union’s Preliminary findings from its members who on the field show that the state government was well on top of the situation of fighting the disease until three weeks ago when the government ordered the reopening of religious centres; while poor enforcement of 7pm to 7am dust to dawn curfew as well as total violation of precautionary measures at all markets, hotels, relaxation centres in the state without penalties against defaulters are other factors.

“The Union also observes that despite the State government’s commendable distribution of nose masks to reasonable number of people in the state, the compulsory use of same was unfortunately not enforced at public places.

“The Union therefore calls on the state government to consider the option of declaring a 7days or 14days lockdown to urgently stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic at a disturbing rate. This measure will enable the government to carry out effective contacts tracing and deploy more combative efforts both from the state and federal governments.

Ondo NUJ also pleaded with striking Doctors and the state government to immediately reach a compromise on disputing matters to facilitate effective treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The Union appealed to the Presidential Committee on COVID-19 and NCDC to deploy necessary resources to Ondo state like it helped in Kano and Lagos states.

“We warn members of the public to obey various COVID-19 precautionary measures and they should know that the disease is real and deadly, while the Union seriously advises media professionals in the state to perform their duties with extraordinary caution”. It reads.

Published by Wonderlady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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