The Federal Government warned has warned that coronavirus may spread further in the country.
Chairman, Presidential Taskforce, PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while briefing the leadership of the National Assembly on the activities and efforts of the team at curbing the spread of the disease.
He said the virus has spread to no fewer than 16 states, with six deaths, warning that there should be “no illusion that this case affects all and it is on all of us to play our part in solving this.”
The SGF, who noted that the pandemic that posed a significant public emergency in 209 countries of the world with over 1.5 million cases, said, “The disease has placed considerable and significant strain on the global health care system and the economy of the world.
“Given the relentless exponential growth rate witnessed in other countries, the spread of the virus in the continent and in particular in Nigeria should be expected.
“The nation is at war against a very dangerous, unseen and ubiquitous enemy and all hands must be on deck to successfully prosecute the war.’’
According to VANGUARD, the SFG said resources gathered in the wake of the pandemic would be mobilised for direct development and delivery of critical infrastructure to states by the donors, adding that they would also be used for direct procurement and delivery of Personal Protective Equipment, PPE and other critical equipment by donors.
Mustapha urged the National Assembly to develop a legislative framework to prepare Nigeria for any future pandemic and reformation of the country’s healthcare systems.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari gave the PTF the powers to work out modalities to contain the spread of the disease.