By The World Satellite.
It is no longer news that the global pandemic Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is having great impact on the health, social and economic structure of countries around the world.
The latest statistics from the World Health Organization (22nd March 2020) shows a total of 349,676 confirmed cases and 15,303 deaths globally. Thus, there is an urgent need to prevent the occurrence of new cases especially through local transmission, and to maintain the zero-fatality rate.
Against this backdrop, the Second Assembly of Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (DAYP) has stressed the importance of taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease and also desist from causing panic through unverified news, broadcasts and information.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Speaker; Rt. Hon. Graham Elendu, wherein he advised that all segments of the society adhere strictly to all public health directives and regulations provided by the competent authorized agencies such as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal and State Ministries of Health regarding COVID-19.
Continuing, Hon. Elendu noted that the next few days in Nigeria will be very crucial depending on the results from cases of isolation and health of people who arrived into the country or had high risk contacts in the last one week.
“Concurrently, proper awareness and sensitization about these precautionary steps should be embarked on in all spheres.
“On our own part we would suspend all our physical sittings and focus on online mediums. most countries have shut down schools and are utilizing online platforms and we in Nigeria and Africa must do the same as a measure to curb this and reduce the spread.
It’s our responsibility to make sure in togetherness that nobody feels abandoned as we also maintain the required social distance to curb the spread”, Hon. Elendu stated.
He therefore, called on well-meaning individuals as well as organizations to device means of supporting citizens in this harsh economic realities brought about by this pandemic realizing the fact that there will also be pressure on the little resources of the average citizen at a time of lock down such as this when they are also not able to embark on their usual work to make their daily bread.
Generally, Save Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (SDA) is a 120-member Youth parliament established in 2016 in line with the provisions of the African Youth Charter (Banjul Declaration) of July 2006, which serves as the continental framework that underlines the rights, duties and freedom of the African youths.