COVID-19: FG launches ‘Celebrate Responsibly’ campaign for the Yuletide Season

The Federal Government has launched a campaign titled ‘Celebrate Responsibly’ for the Yuletide Season in order to curtail the spread of Covid-19 during the period of the celebration.

Announcing the campaign in a statement on Tuesday, the Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, says campaign is specifically focused on the next four weeks, which includes the Christmas, New Year holiday and start of the new year, as there is a need to reinforce to Nigerians that now is not the time to let down our guard.

The NCDC DG notes that COVID-19 has continued to threaten lives and livelihoods and Nigerians must take all precautions necessary to prevent its spread.

Regarding the ‘Celebrate Responsibly’ campaign, the statement reads:

“This is part of the #TakeResponsibility campaign which began in February 2020 and focuses specifically on measures Nigerians need to take to protect themselves and loved ones during the Christmas and New Year period.

“In the last two weeks, there has been a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country. On the 17th of December, a record daily number of 1,145 new confirmed cases was recorded. This increase is as a result of a convergence of circumstances which includes increased local and international travels, business and religious activities with minimal compliance with COVID-19 safety measures by the members of the public.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

“As at 21st December 2020, a total of 78,790 cases and 1,227 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with over 70 million cases reported globally. The enforcement of adherence to the safety measures is not only the sole responsibility of the government. Individuals and institutions have a responsibility too and need to play their part in ensuring adherence to the preventive measures. The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the PTF-COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Information and Health as well as NCDC and its partners are therefore intensifying risk and crisis communication efforts to remind all of us about our collective responsibility.”

The NCDC boss advises Nigerians to avoid unnecessary travels and reduce indoor mass gatherings, as well as follow all the covid-19 guidelines in order to stay safe.

“Please avoid all non-essential travel within and outside Nigeria to reduce the risk of transmission. The virus that causes COVID-19 is more likely to spread in mass gatherings especially when held indoors.

“We advise that people avoid mass gatherings during this time, or hold them outdoors with physical distancing, compulsory use of facemasks and provision of handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer,” says NCDC DG.

According to him, the campaign emphasises the responsibility of Nigerians, the government, private sector, institutions, associations, communities and individuals in implementing and adhering to the COVID-19 prevention and response measures.

He says “it will include the production of audio and visual materials which have been translated to local languages, for wide dissemination. The NCDC urges all individuals, traditional and religious leaders, business owners, the media and other institutions to join the campaign.”

The campaign titled ‘Celebrate Responsibly’ is being implemented with the Federal Ministry of Information and other Government Institutions and partners involved in the COVID-19 response.

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