The Ogun State Government has solicited support of the Imams and Alfas under the aegis of the League of Imams, to join hands with the present administration so as to sensitise the public on Coronavirus disease and preventive measures to adopt.
Speaking at the one-day sensitisation programme organised by the State Government at the Egba Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta, for Islamic clerics from the three Senatorial Districts of the State, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Health, Dr. Ololade Kehinde, said it was parts of efforts to take the personal hygiene campaign to religious leaders who will in turn educate their followers on the precautions to adhere in order to guard against infection.
Dr, Kehinde noted that the global emergency created by Covid-19 called for collaboration from all and sundry, as nations, where there had been community infections were the worst hit.
The SSA called on the religious leaders to take the message of personal and respiratory hygiene to their members across the State to enlighten them on steps to guard against the disease.
According to him, it is good to note that Islamic religion had from time immemorial been practising ablution, which invariably preaches personal hygiene but it is good to go a step further by adhering to hand washing practice with soap and water.
The Governor’s aide disclosed that anyone with symptoms of fever, coughing, sneezing, as well as difficulty in breathing, should self-isolate, to avoid infecting the public, pointing out that there was no need for panic, as government was on top of the situation.
The representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Ayo Fatimeyin, had earlier admonished the Islamic clerics to encourage their members to always give factual information on cases relating to public health.
Appreciating the State Government for organising the sensitisation programme for Muslim leaders, the Wakilu of Yoruba land, Sheikh Iskeel Awaal, said, Ogun State and Nigeria in general need prayer, in addition to the efforts being made by the government, promising that the message of personal and respiratory hygiene would not be taken for granted.