Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Wednesday warned these misinforming residents concerning the alleged non existence of COVID-19 to desist or face the complete wrath of the regulation.
The Governor mentioned as a survivor of COVID-19, he is aware of to not joke concerning the illness and doesn’t want his enemies the expertise of contracting the virus.
He added that when the vaccine is made accessible within the state, he would be the first to take it; “Allow us to watch out of selling unsubstantiated rumours concerning the vaccine”.
Lalong disclosed this throughout an engagement with Plateau stakeholders on the second wave of COVID-19 and safety points in Jos.
He mentioned, “As chances are you’ll remember, we’re experiencing the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic the place there’s a resurgence of instances throughout the nation together with right here on the Plateau.
“Because of this, we’re recording extra every day instances within the State than beforehand. Sadly, we’re additionally recording an rising variety of deaths that may be very worrisome. Prior to now weeks, we now have seen some distinguished individuals in Plateau State and certainly throughout Nigeria die from COVID-19”, he decried.
“Principally we hear of the massive names however don’t get to listen to of the others involving folks which are much less distinguished. This could give us severe concern as a result of it implies that the state of affairs is larger than what we appear to know.
In line with him, “Probably the most worrisome level right here is that regardless of this case, most residents seem like careless and reluctant to look at the COVID-19 protocols. The truth is, many have deserted and refused to look at easy protocols of carrying face masks, sustaining social distance and washing palms repeatedly.
“This worries me quite a bit as a result of this recklessness is additional exposing extra folks to the virus after which rising the casualty figures.
“Whereas we now have no intention of imposing one other lockdown to keep away from additional harm to the economic system, some members of the general public will not be serving to us.
The Governor, nevertheless, mentioned, as a authorities, it is not going to fold it arms to witness folks dying over a state of affairs that’s preventable.
“I hope we will see a change of perspective going ahead as we resume the extra vigorous stage of enforcement of all of the protocols”, he maintained.
“For many who are in denial and proceed to misinform others that COVID-19 doesn’t exist, I need to warn them to desist.
DAILY POST recollects that lately, the State Govt Council criminalized the denial of the existence of COVID-19 within the state.
Lalong warned that, “In different phrases, for those who deny the existence of the illness, maintain your denial to your self as a result of if you’re caught propagating it or instigating others to comply with you, you’ll be arrested and prosecuted regardless of how extremely positioned you is likely to be.
The Governor additional mentioned the state plans to re-strategize and embark on extra schooling and sensitization significantly on the grassroots.
“I’ve directed that my Commissioners and different senior authorities officers go down and interact the folks henceforth. We need to break the resistance and be sure that the folks personal the response. COVID-19 is a private matter that impacts folks immediately. They have to be concerned”, he confused.
Talking on the difficulty of the vaccine, the Governor mentioned, “I’ve already heard some folks peddling conspiracy theories. I need to say that I would be the first to take the vaccine each time it’s accessible in Plateau State. Allow us to watch out of selling unsubstantiated rumours.
“By the best way, we’re nonetheless hopeful that the medication being developed by the Plateau State Medical Analysis Workforce that are at present present process scientific examination will cross the mandatory approvals.
“This may even give us another choice for prevention and remedy. A minimum of, that is our personal initiative and there’s no conspiracy idea hooked up”, he confused.