Investigation: Transporters, passengers ignore Covid-19 health protocols




By Harry Awurumibe, in Owerri

The Federal Government may have to devise other ways of enforcing the observance of the health protocols approved by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19.

This is because of none compliant of the PTF recommended guidelines which include physical distancing, wearing of face masks, constant washing of hands and use of sanitizers as well as observance of other health protocols.

Prompt News investigations have revealed gross violations of the recommended health advisory by a large segments of the society since
the gradual easing of Covid-19 lockdown nationwide by President Muhammadu Buhari.

But the relaxation especially the lifting of interstate movements has resulted to many Nigerians going back to their old ways of doing things in spite of the admonitions of the PTF and other relevant health agencies for people to take responsibility for their own good.

Our correspondent reports that commercial transport operators and passengers across the nation are not observing all the recommended
health protocols as they neither wear Face masks nor maintain physical distancing.

Aside the few well known commercial transport companies that provided handwashing points at their loading bays and also try to enforce use of face masks by passengers, other commercial transport operators especially those that pick their passengers at unauthorized places have continued to ignore the health protocols.

They are carrying out their businesses in complete disobedience to PTF guidelines as they do not provide
hand sanitizers nor maintain physical distancing inside the vehicles.

These state of affairs are worse in the major cities of Lagos, Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Owerri, Ibadan,Aba, Calabar, Kano among other places.

Prompt News can confirm that intrastate commercial buses in Lagos, Enugu, Owerri, Ibadan, Lokoja and Umuahia still carry four passengers par seat instead of three persons as recommended by PTF on Covid-19.

It was also observed that not many residents across Nigeria have imbibed the culture of wearing face masks and constant washing of hands with soap.

Many people still thronge public places like markets and bus terminals without observing physical distancing even as those in the rural communities still doubt the existence of Covid-19 disease.

Ichie Amaechi Nwabu who deals in building materials at Eke Ezeala Market in Imo state argued that he is yet to understand the “noise” about Covid-19, saying that “It is the disease of the prominent persons”.

He was however reminded that it could affect anybody who does not take personal responsibility for his or her health by adhering to the government approved heath protocols.

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