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Don’t come home for Christmas – FG Warns Nigerians in Diaspora

Don’t come home for Christmas - FG Warns Nigerians in Diaspora

Ahead of the Yuletide and its accompanying festivities and travels, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has advised Nigerians against unnecessary travels and gatherings.⁣

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who gave the advice in Abuja on Monday explained that it was to curb the possible spike in the spread of COVID-19.⁣
He spoke during the Joint National Briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.⁣

“Travel over the upcoming holiday period should be restricted and all associated social activities, curtailed.⁣

“ Nigerians are advised to cut off all travels, especially international travels, most especially travels to high burden countries except it is very urgent.⁣

“This is particularly important given the threat posed by the spiraling rate of infection in countries with which Nigeria has strong political, business, social and family relations.⁣

“There is correspondingly high volume of travel between Nigeria and those countries, which is what also determines the risk.⁣

“This is a sacrifice we must make to preserve lives. The elderly and persons with delicate health should best not travel or mix in crowds.⁣

“The experience from Thanksgiving celebration in the U.S. indicates a serious COVID-19 spike from the travels and specialisations that went with the holiday.⁣

“This should be a lesson for us,” he advised.⁣

The minister reminded Nigerians that COVID-19 was not over yet.⁣

According to him, all Nigerians have a responsibility to work with government to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.⁣

“It is, therefore, more realistic that we adopt preventive measures which have been proven to be successful in controlling the pandemic.⁣

“Observe physical distancing and respiratory hygiene, wear your face masks appropriately especially in public places and regular hand washing and use of hand sanitisers,” Ehanire advised⁣

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