By Remi Johnson
The FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (FCT HHSS) has called on all residents to get COVID-19 vaccination to enable them prevent themselves against the 4th wave of the pandemic ravaging some parts of the globe.
Secretary FCT HHSS, Dr. Abubakar Tafida, gave the advise in Abuja at a briefing to update journalists about the 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers of throwing caution to the winds.
Dr Tafida explained that the cardinal preventive strategy still remained the use of non pharmaceutical, such as adherence to social distancing, wearing facemasks, regular hand washing, as well as minimising physical contacts.
He therefore enjoined those that still believed Covid-19 pandemic was a myth, to rise to the reality of making deliberate efforts to prevent themselves to flatten the rising curves of the virus cases recorded in the last three weeks in the Nation’s Capital.
Dr Tafida appealed to all religious stakeholders , CSOs, traditional rulers, security agents, community heads, councils chairmen, public and private organizations, market managers, transport workers, school administrators and parents to champion the course of using non pharmaceuticals in their various domains to win the war against Covid-19.
According to Dr Tafida, about three weeks ago, the FCTA concluded that the Territory is into the forth wave, following a rising number of cases.
As at Sunday December 19, 2021, FCT had a total of 84 cases of COVID-19 which brought cumulative cases so far confirmed in the FCT since the first wave to about 24,861
“Now we have 1,246 active cases, In terms of people on admission, a total of 105; 92 of this number are in the Dome, 13 at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, this signifies the severity of the condition. Within the span of three weeks, we are having almost a thousand plus, so if we continue to neglect these preventive measures, the situation might become very alarming and difficult to handle.” Tafida noted.
Speaking on the impact of the pandemic, Dr Tafida pointed out that it has created a lot of global upheaval, destructions , death and social, economic hardships, hence the need for everyone to take necessary precautionary measures to prevent themselves and others.
On level of preparedness to treat infected persons, Dr Tafida said the FCT Administration has prepared adequately for what it has forecasted.
“The Federal Capital Territory has always been in the firing line, probably it’s only Lagos State that would go ahead of us. But in terms of preparedness and providing the leadership and other support, I don’t think there is any state that has exceeded the FCT Administration. We are making plans and preparations for expected new cases, and we have adequate bed spaces for what we have forecasted”.qqq
Dr Tafida who added that the FCT has made provision for adequate medical and consumable supplies, however threatened that the FCT Administration maybe left with no choice, but to commence sanctions and enforcement on those attempting to frustrate the robust efforts of government to contain the virus in the FCT.
Dr Tafida emphasised that “prevention is better than cure”.