The Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, Maimuna Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to observe COVID-19 protection measures as we step into the New Year.
Ms Abubakar, who gave the urge in a New Year message, sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Thursday, said with the second wave of the virus, Nigerians needed to be more cautious as they go about their activities.
According to her, Nigerians must put hands together in assisting the government to fight the spread of this virus.
She said: “When there is disregard for the protocols, there is bound to be widespread infections.
“This second wave seems to be with full force, therefore we can’t afford to throw caution to the wind and allow ourselves to be infected.
“At present, Nigeria has over 86,576 infections. As a result, we need strong adherence to the protocols laid down by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19.
“Many lives have been lost and we can’t afford to continue to over-stretch our isolation centres and other public facilities,” she stressed.
Speaking on COVID-19 vaccine, NIPOST board chairperson disclosed that the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure the availability of the drugs within a shortest period of time.
According to her, the Federal Ministry of Health is already in talks with the World Health Organisation and Gavi for access to the vaccines.
She said: “While the Federal Government is working tirelessly to acquire vaccines, we should endeavour to assist the government by observing the measures.
“I am confident that the PTF are doing their best to acquire the vaccine for onward distribution to many Nigerians.
“We should, therefore, not lose hope in their efforts towards taming the spread of the virus,” the board chair stated.
While wishing Nigerians a prosperous New Year, Ms Abubakar called on them to keep wearing their face masks and avoid unnecessary outings, especially where it involves public gatherings.