Things Won’t be Normal Till 2021- NCDC Boss

The Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Iheakwazu has said that Nigeria and the rest of the world won’t return to stability until next year, 2021.

He disclosed this at the 24th edition of The Platform, adding that the short term pains being faced by Nigerians are necessary and must be endured.

When the epidemiologist and public health physician was asked when Nigerians would move away from social distancing, wearing of face masks, etc., he said, “We are faced with a difficult reality and we are not unique in this, 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,” he said

“So we have to start thinking about how to live safely with COVID-19, and you know some of the changes we would have to make are actually good things to have forever.

“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”

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