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Safety professionals allay fears over coronavirus


President of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSF), Nsikak A. Ekam, has allayed fears of individuals and different Nigerians at its three-day Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exhibition holding in Abuja between March 19 and March 21, 2020.

Speaking yesterday on the 2020 PDC skilled at NAF Centre, he described Nigeria as a rustic that’s resilient and proactive in improvising means to sort out its challenges in any respect price.

He stated though the World Health Organisation (WHO) not too long ago declared Covid-19 a world pandemic which has positioned restrictions on worldwide travels, it has not been a deterrent or store stopper, however a chance for Nigeria to point out how resilient the nation might sort out challenges.

“We were forced to think outside the box for the pre-conference trainings and identified qualified Nigerians that handled sessions professionally and found alternatives through evolving technology to have our foreign speakers present their keynote addresses.

“Nigerians should be rest assured that the Federal Government has been strengthening the country’s preparedness since the first confirmation of cases in China,” he stated.

He added that the state and the Federal Government have made all potential assets obtainable to reply to any circumstances.

“Nigeria efficiently managed Ebola, handle outbreaks on a regular basis, and is presently managing Lassa fever throughout the nation.

“Today five reported primary and secondary Covid-19 cases associated with our index case have tested negative, while three are currently isolated and taking treatment,” he added.

According to him, “During this era of heightened consciousness over the Coronavirus outbreak, the ASSP Nigeria Gupta (ASSP-NC) has been doing every part potential to make sure the security and well being of all attendees on the occasion at the side of the WHO and Nigeria Centre for Disease Carnot (NCDC) in adhering to pointers.

“We are working with event planners and facility management teams to ensure that participants are screened for temperature monitoring before being allowed into the venue.

“Infrared thermometers and hand sanitisers procured for starters are provided for increased and frequent cleaning and disinfection of all common areas. If anyone observed a sick participant, they should inform nearest usher or medic to protect our OSH family and event participants. I encourage all to be safety and situation conscious.”

He suggested people and individuals to stress prevention, early detection and immediate response to infectious illness outbreaks, saying they had been essential to the success of containing the worldwide pandemic.

Lamenting the latest explosion that killed scores of individuals in Lagos, Ekam stated, “The Nigeria chapter of ASSP is saddened over the tragic loss of lives and sufferings that Nigerian has been experiencing because of petroleum pipeline vandalism, fire, liquefied petroleum gas explosion, tanker spill/fire incidents, building collapse and floods.”

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