THE Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has been declared a red spot where community transmission of coronavirus is prevalent.
On Friday in Abuja, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made the declaration while receiving a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N10 million from Rotary District 9125.
Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Mr Olusegun Adekunle, said that 20 local government areas currently contributed 60 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in the country.
The affected local government areas include Mainland, Abuja Municipal, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Tarauni, Katsina, Alimosho, Maiduguri, Kosofe and Dutse.
Others are Ikeja, Nassarawa, Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Oredo, Bauchi, Lagos Island, Surulere and Ado Odo/Ota.
Mustapha linked the rising community spread of the coronavirus in the FCT and other places to the poor level of compliance with the precautionary measures at the community level.
He urged the rotarians, led by their Governor, Victor Onukwugha, to take the COVID-19 pandemic awareness campaign to the grassroots, noting that, “the risk management team is available to share strategy with the organization.”
The SGF further warned that the impact of COVID-19 on governance and the economy is obvious, “the fatality rate is quite high and the resources needed to fight the virus are enormous.
“We keep telling Nigerians that these are not just numbers, but fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and colleagues who have passed on.”
He lauded the Club for the donation, noting that some of the items are scarce due to global demand, and promised that “they will be used judiciously and it will be accounted for. We received this items with gratitude.
“The donation is gratifying because hundreds of medical personnel have been infected, perhaps due to lack of the kits.”
The items included sterile hand gloves, latex examination gloves, face masks with shield, surgical face masks, N95 face masks and KN95 face masks.
Others are disposable theatre gowns, waterproof aprons, safety goggles, theatre caps, shoe covers, hand sanitisers, Infrared thermometers and 9V batteries for thermometers.
Onukwugha said that the Club had donated materials to the less privileged and vulnerable groups since the outbreak of the pandemic.