Officials of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Anambra State Chapter, have been advised to disallow intending passengers without face masks to board their vehicles in order to stem the widespread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Awka, Charles Nwoji, gave the advice when he led some members of his management team on an advocacy visit to the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), at Obosi, in continuation of the ongoing programme of the agency, tagged, “State Wide Advocacy Sensitisation Campaign on Increased Risk Communication and Community Engagement on COVID -19”.
The NOA Director, who spoke on the asymptomatic cases of the COVID-19, told the NURTW officials to always observe basic hygiene while on duty, reminding them that the coronavirus pandemic does not know the poor, the rich, the aged, race and ranks as he noted that the novel virus could be contracted by anybody irrespective of status.
He refuted the rumour making the rounds that coronavirus cannot survive in the African continent because of the harsh and high temperature of the area, stressing that it has not been proved scientifically.
Nwoji maintained that the coronavirus pandemic is geometrically increasing on daily basis in the country and called on the union to key into the fight against the malady and as well, take the messages of the event to every stratum of Nigerian society.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director Programmes, NOA, Sir Joesph Uchendu, challenged the people to take full responsibility in the fight against the dreaded disease, saying that the disease starts with high fever and temperature and reminded the people that the test for COVID-19 is freely done by the government at designated hospitals across the state.
In his remark, the Deputy Director, Social Justice, Ifeoma Chijioke, also of the agency, said that the people within the age bracket of 60 years and above are more prone and susceptible to contracting the disease, hence they should not partake in all forms of social gathering, advising them to eat more of vegetables and fruits as well do engage in exercise for their good health.
While receiving the NOA Director and his team, the State Chairman of NURTW, Anambra Chapter, Chief Augustine Udeozo, said that the union had remained a critical stakeholder in the fight against COVID-19 by observing the laid- down protocol as regards the novel virus and called for a robust synergy between NOA and the union in containing further spread of the virus in the state.
Some of the participants who spoke during the event, Mr Degul Offor, Mr Anthony Egbue, Chief Comas Okpalazue, Prince Adirika, and Ichie Anagor Nweke, advised the people to go extra mile in protecting themselves from contracting the disease, assuring that they would continue to obey all of the COVID-19 protocols at all times, especially while on the road.