HSE reporting practitioners in Nigeria, Media Centre for Safety Reporting(MCSR) has called for thorough investigation into the indiscriminate disposal of PPEs and other disposable materials used in the fight against coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
The Executive director of the group, Mr John Thompson said in a chat with newsmen in Lagos on Saturday, he that “we are witnesses to a viral video of an alleged NCDC staff who participated in the burial of the former Chief of Staff to the President, late Abba Kyari unprofessionally disposing off his PPE in a hazardous manner at the roadside, putting the health of unsuspecting Nigerians in tragic jeopardy”.
While calling on Nigerians to maintain the prescribed health and safety measures by WHO and NCDC, he criticised what he called ‘suicidal hypocrisy’ on the part of the authorities who send out “security personnel to enforce lockdown without personal protection equipments”. He called government officials “worst violators of physical distancing and safety measures they are preaching”.
Mr. Thompson, urged the government to review the lockdown and emphasize more on compliance to health and safety measures. He said his observation while monitoring the food markets open at designated places in Lagos, makes a mockery of all the efforts at safeguarding Nigerians.
He stated that “government and market union should liaise and set up hand washing points at different entrance and various places in the market”. Public health personnel are to enforce the strict compliance to the safety procedures and ‘not the short time of open window” to shop as presently obtainable.
He further enjoined Nigerians to freely seek medical attention early for quick detection and treatment, as recovery rates in Nigeria have shown that testing positive to COVID-19 is not a death sentence.