Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have said that while some people were strictly adhering to National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) safety guidelines, some were indifferent.
Chief Ugochukwu Nnam, president of the Initiative for Leadership Development and Change (ILDC), an Abuja-based NGO, told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Sunday that many people doubt the existence of the pandemic.
Nnam, who said that he and his family were committed to all safety guidelines, condemned the unsafe attitude of some Nigerians towards the pandemic.
“Today, many people do not care even in churches and meetings, they do not wear face masks, while some use the mask on the chin instead of the face.
“I wonder if they really know the dangers of this pandemic, I wonder if they know that countries like Germany have entered another phase of lockdown.
“As for me and my family, we wear our masks, I gave all my children hand sanitizers when they go to school, I make sure they wash their hands regularly even at school through a constant reminder to their teachers, ”he said.
Ms. Ogechi Osuoha, a teacher, called for intensive promotion to change people’s perception of COVID-19, especially in markets.
Osuoha, who emphasized the imperatives of sensitization and awareness to contain community spread, said that neglect of market women could trigger another phase of community infection.
“Many of the women in the market do not wear masks, not to mention washing their hands or hand sanitizers before or after selling or buying.
“That is why I always use my hand sanitizers and hold my nose because many of them even sneeze freely while serving a client.”
Nurudeen Ahmed, a resident, blamed the indifference on ignorance and some kind of cultural beliefs.
Ahmed said that at one point he had doubted the existence of the pandemic until he witnessed those who died from the disease.
“Honestly, I used to live my life freely without protection until I heard from a person I know well who died of symptoms and complications of the disease in Spain.”
Nelson Udunna, a laboratory scientist, said the pandemic was real and capable of wiping out communities.
Udunna said she had cultivated the culture of washing her hands more than four times a day and of protecting her nose and mouth with face masks every time she mixed with other people.
He regretted how some people have defeated caution by failing to observe safety rules.
“I went to one of the fruit markets here in Abuja, found out that it was just me and two other people wearing our masks and I was surprised.”
NAN reports that COVID-19 is still taking its death toll even as the world steps up efforts to contain it with the latest vaccine inventions, among others.
According to the National Center for Disease Control, Nigeria currently has 64,996 confirmed cases, 61,029 discharged cases, and 1,163 deaths.
With the growth of testing sites from 200 to about 1,000 sites, Nigeria has registered 705,809 samples with 2,864 active cases.