COVID-19: Red Cross urges govt. to enforce public compliance with guidelines

COVID-19: Red Cross urges govt. to enforce public compliance with guidelines

The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos State branch. has called on the Federal Government to enforce the guidelines and protocols of COVID-19 to mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

The branch Chairman of NRCS, Mrs Adebola Kolawole, made the call on the side-lines of the NRCS 53rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday in Lagos.

 

Kolawole bemoaned the wanton violation of COVID-19 guidelines by the citizens.

 

She added that those flaunting the protocols tacitly encouraged the spread of the virus, citing health workers and front-liners as culprits in particular.

 

“There are lots of people out there flaunting the rules. Government should enforce the rules and guidelines of COVID-19.

 

“Let the law take its course; a lot of people out there are violating the protocols and this is not helping in mitigating the spread of the virus,’’ she said.

 

Earlier, the branch chairman expressed satisfaction over the achievements of the Red Cross in the state in 2020, in spite of the challenges induced by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Kolawole pledged the support of the Red Cross toward fulfilling the humanitarian needs of the society, not only on COVID-19, but also in the areas of crisis and disaster response.

 

She added that the NRCS branch would continue with its ongoing projects, which included risk communication and community engagement.

 

“It will also intensify public sensitisation to the benefits of wearing face masks,” she said.

 

Kolawole said that other projects included discouraging large gatherings, distributing free face masks and encouraging the installation of handwashing units in public places.

 

The National Legal Adviser of NRCS, Mr Muazu Dikwa, commended partners, donors, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and the Lagos State Government for their support to the organisation.

 

Muazu, who represented the National President, Mr Bolaji Anani, said that the Red Cross would continue with its public sensitisation campaign on the usefulness of personal hygiene and other health-related issues in efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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