Following reports of the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic with the arrival of a new Delta variant which has also been found in Nigeria, the Government of the State of Osun has warned its residents and citizens of the consequences of disregard for safety protocols and non-pharmaceutical guidelines against the disease.
Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced last Friday that it had confirmed a case of the SARS-CoV-2, known as the Delta variant in Nigeria, adding that the variant had been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, on Wednesday, Osun government enjoined citizens to continue to take personal responsibility for their own safety, adding that non-adherence to safety protocols among citizens may produce unpleasant outcomes.
The statement read in part: “The government of the State of Osun is advising its residents not to let down their guard or be lured into a false sense of security that the world is totally out of the grips of Covid-19.
“The arrival of the new Delta variant is a signal to us that we cannot let down our guards. It has ushered in a third wave in other parts of the world, and its strain has been found in Nigeria – as a matter of fact, in Oyo state.
“Therefore, we cannot pretend that Osun is an island considering our people engage in trade and social activities with this neighbouring state.
“We should also be aware that the new variant has a high rate of mutation and it is deadlier. The worse part is that it does not have exactly the same symptoms like the variants experienced in the first and second wave. It presents just as body ache, devoid of dry cough and fever. So we need to be mindful of the symptoms and go to the hospital when we feel unwell.
“Those who have taken the two jabs of the vaccine should note that the vaccine reduces their susceptibility but doesn’t rule out their chances of contracting and infecting others who have not been vaccinated.
“Everyone should protect himself at all times by putting on a face mask in public places, avoid crowded spaces, disinfect hands and surfaces with alcohol-based sanitizer”, the statement read.