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Not Yet Time To Relax Lockdown Order, Medical Association Warns State Govs

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The Nigerian Medical Association [NMA] has warned state governors against relaxing the lockdown order being part of measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

In a statement signed by its president, Dr. Francis A. Faduyile, and secretary general, Dr. Olumuyiwa P. Odusote, NMA lamented the orders by some state governors authorising the mass observance of Juma’at prayers and Easter services.

NMA specifically noted the declaration by the Cross River State governor that social distancing is not needed while wearing a face mask.

It also pointed out a moratorium on the lockdown to allow mass gathering in mosques and churches starting from Friday to Sunday in Rivers State, as well as the lifting of the ban on Friday prayers by Katsina and Kogi States government.

NMA also condemned similar orders given in Ondo, Ebonyi and lmo states which have approved mass attendance of Easter services.

The Association warned that on record there is now the evidence of community transmission of Covid-19.

As such, relaxing any guideline that promotes mass gatherings in any part of our nation now can only heighten and not flatten the curve of transmission dynamics.

NMA, therefore, prayed all authorities concerned to rescind their decision in the interest of safety of lives and Implore the Nigerian Police force and other security agencies ensure that such gatherings do not take place.

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