By Abujah Racheal
Abuja – Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC), has expressed concern over lifting of bans by some states on some gatherings, including Friday prayers and Easter services against the social distancing policy.
The policy was put in place by the Federal Government to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mike Egboh and Dr Chizoba Wonodi, HSRC COVID-19 Response Task Team Co-chairs respectively, on Friday in Abuja.
The co-chairs noted that the lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and similar decision by some governors across the country, was a welcome development that was imperative in containing the spread of COVID-19 and avoiding the high number of deaths that could follow.
“HSRC with its membership of over 100 non-governmental actors, working to improve health care and development across every state in Nigeria, recognises and respects the importance of worship and religious celebrations to us Nigerians.
“We acknowledge and value the role of religious leaders and faith-based organisations in providing spiritual support through faith for their followers in a healthy and safe environment,” the statement read in part.
The HSRC further appreciated the socio-economic difficulties being faced by Nigerians over the lockdown in the country saying: “Unfortunately, options are limited for now in the best ways to fight the spread.
“Scientific evidence and experience from developed and developing countries reinforce that avoiding crowd, physical distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene, are still the best ways to prevent the spread and associated deaths,” HSRC advised.