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Nigerians say FG is not doing enough to stop COVID-19 spread


– A recent poll has shown that Nigerians do not think the government has done enough to stop the spread of COVID-19

– The government has been strengthening measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country

– But the latest data from the NCDC showed that Nigeria has so far confirmed 50,964 cases of the disease

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A recent poll by Legit.ng has shown that some Nigerians do not think the federal government has done enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Since the federal ministry of health has confirmed a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos state on February 27, 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases have spread across states.

The government, through the federal ministry of health, has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained.

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But the country has continued to record hundreds of cases daily.

The latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) released on Thursday, August 20, showed that Nigeria has so far confirmed 50,964 cases of the disease. The country has also treated and discharged 37,569 patients while it has recorded 992 deaths.

However, despite the efforts of the federal government in containing the spread of the disease, some Nigerian think the government needs to do more.

A recent poll by Legit .ng shows that more than half of the respondents, 57%, said the government has not done enough to prevent another increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

But while 18.6% of respondents expressed confidence in the government’s handling of the pandemic, 23.3% of respondents showed a lack of care over the issue.

Meanwhile, the presidential task force on COVID-19 has said the attitude of Nigerians towards the disease has been the greatest challenge in the government’s collective efforts against the pandemic.

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Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, made this known while addressing journalists during the Covid-19 PTF briefing on Thursday, August 20.

Mustapha, who is the chairman of the committee, said the governments across levels have been putting in their best to curb the spread of the coronavirus but many Nigerians are sabotaging the efforts.

In another news, the upsurge in the cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Plateau state has been attributed to more testing of the patients, among other factors.

Channels TV reported that the commissioner of health, Dan Manjang, said the state has 3 testing centres at NVRI Vom, Plateau state specialist hospital and Jos University Teaching Hospital.

Legit.ng gathered that since Sunday, August 16, data from the NCDC showed that the northcentral state has reported 189 fresh COVID-19 infections and had the highest new cases of the virus on Wednesday, August 19, a situation the commissioner described as worrisome.

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