By Appolonia N Osuigwe

Amawbia (Awka South LGA), Dec. 18, 2020 (MOI) National Orientation Agency Anambra State has used the opportunity provided by a one-day sensitisation exercise, to draw attention to the imminent second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

There is already a spike that has gradually been manifesting in various parts of the country.

The event, which was held at the Old Sports Club Hall, Awka South LGA has a theme:  “Taking Personal Responsibility for The Safety of All’’.

The Director, National Orientation Agency, Mr Charles Nworji said that Coronavirus had an adverse and devastating effect on mankind, when it first took the world by storm early this year.

He called on Nigerians to take adequate precautions by wearing their face mask while out of their homes; “use your hand sanitisers always.

“You are expected to avoid crowded places and please undertake to regularly wash your hands to reduce the rate of the transmission of infections in the society.’’

Mr Nworji advised the public to always maintain social distancing, stop hand shake, as well as avoid indiscriminate sneezing and coughing.

He also urged landlords, who have no toilet facilities to strive to provide an essential facility in order to stop open defecation so as to protect the people around them, especially this Yuletide season.

“The most frightening situation is the denial of the existence of the virus. It has been killing many Nigerians, who do not want to accept the existence of COVID-19 pandemic,’’ Nworji said.

According to the Director NOA, the office has done a lot of sensitisation in schools, Churches, markets, town halls, streets.

“We have held road shows to ensure the safety and protection of people of the state.’’

In a comment, Mrs Anene Alison from National Council of Women Societies urged the participants to carry the information to the people as well to stop attending ceremonies such as weddings and burials without wearing their face masks. (MOI)

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