COVID Protocols To Return As State Govs Move To Fast-Track Vaccine Procurement To Forestall Third Wave

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States in Nigeria appear poised to reintroduce measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus to prevent a third wave of infections.

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) made this disclosure which was part of the resolutions reached after it’s meeting on Wednesday.

The decision was taken following a presentation by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State, on the concerns about a third wave of infections in the state.

On July 11, Sanwo-Olu had warned Lagos residents of a possible outbreak, following a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, which he said might lead to a third wave of infections.

In a statement issued after the meeting on Wednesday, Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the forum, said the governors also agreed to liaise with the federal government on ways to speed up the procurement of additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Said Fayemi: “The Forum received an update from the Governor of Lagos State, H.E Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the recent rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases and call for consensual action to prevent a third wave in the country.

“Following the update, the Forum called on all State Governors to revive their COVID protocols and collaborate with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to take appropriate and immediate actions to flatten the transmission curve.

“The Forum will interface with the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 to accelerate processes required to fast track the delivery of additional vaccines for the country”.

During the first wave of infections, guidelines such as restriction of movement, compulsory use of face masks, and strict adherence to physical distancing were in force, but with the drop in infection numbers, such measures have been relaxed across the country.

However, with concerns raised over a possible increase in infections, following the confirmation of the “highly infectious” Delta variant in Abuja and Oyo, it isn’t yet clear what exact measures the governors will reintroduce.

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