Nigeria may return to normalcy from the coronavirus pandemic next year, ruling out the end of the virus in 2020.
This was revealed by the Director General, Nigeria Centre For Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu
He said Nigeria, like other countries in the world, is faced with a difficult reality that will take time to go away.
He said “Every country is right now looking at the same challenge and how to get us back to some level of normalcy, but the reality is that we are going to live with COVID-19 for the next year at the very least.”
Iheakweazu harped on the need for Nigerians to begin to think of how to live with the virus.
He stated “The emphasis on handwashing, sanitisers, respiratory hygiene; my goal as the leader of the NCDC is that we continue this forever,”
“That we don’t go back like we did post-Ebola to an era of not washing our hand, not only will they prevent COVID but they will prevent so many other diseases from spreading, ultimately leading us into a better future.”
Ihekweazu continued “Every business, every church… every religious gathering of any form, social gatherings, weddings, we really have to rethink how we do this in the short term
“It’s a sacrifice we would have to make as a people, as a country, to get over this. It will be a challenging time, but this is a sacrifice we would have to pay — we are not alone in this, even the countries we looked up to are facing the same challenges, there is no easy solution.