By Kemi Olatunde
Despite the rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria, Ondo State is yet to experience the second wave of the pandemic, The Hope has gathered.
Acting Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye stated this during a media chat with heads of media organisations in the state yesterday in Akure.
Since the inception of the pandemic in the state, government has been doing the needful to ensure that it is being curtailed.
He said; “we have plotted our graph from April 2020 and I can say that we don’t have the second wave but we are doing all it takes to prevent the rise.
“We want to maintain the flatness in the score and that is why we are appealing to the media to come to our rescue.”
Adeyeye while speaking further stressed the need for partnership on COVID-19 between government and media organisations describing it as a public health concern.
Describing risk communication as a very crucial aspect of curtailing the pandemic, he noted that government is trying to balance the situation by persuading the people and added that enforcement will be utilised when the need arises.
While appealing to the media to help sensitise the public on the need to take necessary precautions against the spread of the virus, he stressed the need for all to contribute their quota in eradicating it in the state and added that health and security should be the concern of all.
Speaking extensively, he lamented the dwindling economy caused by the pandemic which according to him has brought about scarcity of fund for government and appealed to media organisations to assist government in sensitising the people of the state on the virus.
He explained that a large percentage of the populace have little or no believe in the existence of the virus noting that COVID-19 has killed over 80 people in the last one year.
He said; “the people need to understand us in a language they will understand. There is the need to secure the environment and that is why we want media houses to work things around for government.”
Also speaking, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo while commending media outfits in the state for their commitment noted that government has the responsibility of driving the mode of communication to the people and added that COVID-19 and lassa fever should be taken as security problem as they are both deadly.
Describing the media as the most effective way for effective communication to the people on the pandemic, he charged media outfits to see the problem as a collective efforts of all.
However, he stressed the need for the media to get the people to believe the existence of the pandemic and added that they should be sensitised on the preventive measures.
Representatives of the media outfits promised to contribute their quota in preventing further spread of the pandemic.