Following efforts of governments at levels to contain the COVID-19 virus, workers in Ogun State have been urged not to panic but take caution by maintaining good personal hygiene and be sensitive to their surroundings to prevent it.
The State Head of Service, Tpl Amope Chokor who stated this during the sensitisation programme, organised for workers by the State Ministry of Health and its partners, at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, encouraged everyone to be proactive and enlighten families, friends and communities to keep themselves safe.
Mrs. Chokor advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to take precaution by providing sanitizers and support through awareness, to ensure that the State was free from the Virus.
“The essence of this gathering is to sensitise us about coronavirus. We should not be afraid, but take caution. On your own, you should have small sanitizers that you can put in your bag or pocket for your personal use. Your agencies will make sure they are available for your use. Don’t keep the information to yourselves, make sure you tell your loved ones at home and friends and ensure you practice simple hygiene to keep yourselves safe”, the HoS said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker appealed to workers to join hands with the government in spreading the news of personal hygiene across their various communities, in a way that would dispel every form of fake news and fear making rounds about Coronavirus.
Dr. Coker while urging the people to stay calm and ignore panic messages being sent out by some mischievous elements, assured that government was on top of the situation and the simple rule of handwashing practice should be adhered to, adding that coughing and sneezing into the elbow or tissue paper that should be disposed immediately should be imbibed.
“I want to plead with all government workers to remain calm. We are on top of the situation. It is my sincere pleasure that you being our foot soldiers would take the message of regular handwashing and sound respiratory practice to our various communities, schools and offices”, Coker said.
In her remarks, the Team Lead, African Region, World Health Organisation (WHO), Prof. Bola Olayinka, called on the public to be mindful of touching surfaces in different places, affirming that germs can be contracted without notice.
Earlier, the Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr. Festus Soyinka, admonished workers to ensure they use alcohol-based sanitizer accordingly, without equating it with the importance of soap and water.