COVID-19: Gombe monarch calls for more sensitization


The paramount ruler of Kaltungo chiefdom in Gombe state, Mai Kaltungo Engineer Sale Muhammed has called on governments and other actors at the state and federal levels to embark on rigorous sensitization campaign against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mai Kaltungo said sensitization is much needed now that a vaccine for the virus has been found and the rumor surrounding the new discovery.

Ruler, who was the deputy chairman of the disbanded COVID-19 task-force in Gombe state made the call while interacting with newsmen in his palace.

He stated that Nigerians need to be more sensitized on the need to adhere to the COVID-19 safety tips and stay safe as well, adding that a lot of efforts had been made by the governments and the various task-force committees in curtailing the pandemic.

“We have done so well in helping our people to protect themselves, for instance, in Gombe state we have tested over 25, 000 people and out of the figures 1, 450 cases were confirmed.

“This shows that God has protected us and our people are listening to what we were telling them. The basic things to prevent the spread of this disease is very simple, first of all, the use of facemask and then hand washing these are the two things that will protect us and also protect others from us.

“On the use of hand sanitizer, we all know our people and how poverty has ravaged us, I don’t think that can be acquired by all, so it is with the issue of social distancing. We have done a lot on that and we are still on it, but then our culture of what we have been used to and the way we have lived for thousands of years, especially in our markets where people go to get something to eat.

So enforcing this social distancing on our people is near impossible, we can only try to make sure that the crowds and gathering are controlled,” the royal father further explained.

“I understand that the federal government has ordered the vaccine and we all know what people are saying about it. The government should embark on massive sensitization before the arrival of the vaccine. This was because we all know and remember what happened during the discovery and the campaign against polio, which took the country several years to convince the people on its vaccine,” Mai Kaltungo stated.

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