The Federal Government of Nigeria, NCDC, (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) has raised a fresh alarm to its citizens as the commission continues to monitor Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant.
According to reports, the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, was first reportedly found in Southern Africa region, and it is “is considered highly transmissible”. As a result of this, several unaffected countries have pushed a travelling restrictions towards the targeted countries in Southern Africa and the continent itself.
Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, a Clinical Epidemiologist with NCDC while explaining the sistuation on Saunday said the following in a statement;
“The fears about its ability to evade protective immune responses and/or its being vaccine-resistant are only theoretical so far,” said NCDC’s Director-General.
“WHO and researchers across the world are working at speed to gain an understanding of the likely impact of this variant on the severity of COVID-19 and on the potency of existing vaccines and therapeutics.”
“Avoid travel to countries where there is a surge in COVID-19 cases or reported cases of the Omicron variant. Avoid all non-essential travel both local and international.
If you must travel, please adhere to travel protocols instituted by the PSC-COVID-19,” the NCDC added.
“Therefore we appeal to business owners, religious leaders, and people in authority to take responsibility by ensuring people in their premises wear masks and adhere to physical distancing. “We must do all we can to protect ourselves and our country.”
The NCDC while urging Nigerians to get vaccinated against COVID-19, also reminded the citizens the need for compliance with public health and social measures, which included wearing a face mask, hand washing, avoiding crowded places and social distancing.