By Aisha Cole
Lagos – Two agencies of the Lagos State Government, on Monday, organised a joint sensitisation campaign, urging residents to curb the spread of coronavirus by maintaining social distancing.
The agencies are the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSC) and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).
Mr Lanre Mojola and Dr Dolapo Fasawe, the Director-General, LSC and General-Manager, LASEPA respectively gave the advice in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the statement, a joint COVID-19 taskforce by the two agencies on enforcement of social distancing and gatherings had, on Saturday, took the campaign to the palace of the Oloja of Epe, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun.
They spoke on the need for residents of Epe to maintain social distancing and carrying out basic hygiene practices such as regular washing of hands to curb the pandemic.
Mojola said that the joint task force team was in Epe to sensitise the people and distribute welfare packages to the community, following the lockdown ordered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, social distancing at this point is crucial to flatten the curve and break the cycle of transmission of the virus.
“I appeal to the public that maintaining social distancing is key to the safety of lives,’’ he said.
The LSC boss also listed constant washing of hands with soap and water, use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces as the best practice to stay safe.
“Also isolating self and call for help if symptoms of acute respiratory infection such as coughing, sneezing, sore throat and difficulty in breathing occur are also important,’’ Mojola said.
Similarly, Fasawe, General-Manager of LASEPA said that the joint task force would continue to enforce guidelines until people understand and appreciate the importance of social distancing and self-isolation under the current global pandemic.
Responding, Oba Animasahun expressed gratitude to the State Government and the taskforce team for the kind gesture.
He pledged the support of Epe Community to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in combating the pandemic.
NAN reports that 5,000 packs of food items were distributed to residents through Community Development Associations (CDA) in the Wards.