The World Health Organisation has said in a statement that some hooligans attacked one of its offices in Nigeria on Thursday, 29th October 2020, and took away some Personal Protective Equipment.
The African Regional Director of WHO Dr. Matshidi so Moeti, made this disclosure while reflecting on the impact of the #EndSars protest which was taken over by hoodlums, looting on its offices and efforts to kick out COVID-19 in Nigeria.
She advised citizens to practice social distancing as mass gathering promotes the spread of the novel virus.
According to her,
“I think it is always a major concern when you have a mass gathering where people fail to take precautions, especially during riots and demonstrations, there’s certainly going to be widespread of the pandemic.”
“As I said earlier, we were concerned not just by the situation in Nigeria which is very sad but mostly about the way the riot was carried out. We are aware that in the process, the WHO office in one part of the was raided and looted and so were some stores of the personal protective equipment, a development we say is very sad.
When asked about the expectancy of a possible outbreak in Nigeria, Moeti said;
“it is a concern and we wish to see the situation ease. But from all indications, there is a need to ensure that the public health interventions are there for quick response to any eventualities.”
“This is similar to the Situation in Guinea where there were mass demonstrations and violence in very unsafe situations”
“We have seen this kind of flattening of the curve. It is no longer going down. It has plateaued.
“We have seen this in a number of countries and it is often linked to two things; easing off the lockdowns to aid movement.
“Not just by the situation in Nigeria, which is very sad by the way, and we know that in the process, the WHO office in one part of Nigeria was actually looted and so were some stores of PPEs. It is a very sad situation.”
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