Dr. Tolulope Osayomi, a medical geographer in the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan has come out to say that the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja is vital in preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Nigeria.
He revealed this in Ibadan as he reacted to the pandemic and government’s response to contain its spread.
According to him, the Nigerian government has to place a ban on inter-state vehicular movement henceforth and only the transportation of essential goods should be allowed to move without hindrance.
He added that the fact that COVID-19 is a highly transmissible disease means that it is very likely that a large proportion of the country’s population can be infected if the government is careless.
His words, “Lagos, the country’s economic capital has over 50 per cent of the country’s cases while the administrative capital, the Federal Capital territory (FCT), accounts for a little over 20 per cent of the total.
”In the light of the fact that COVID-19 is a highly transmissible disease, it is very likely that a significant proportion of the country’s population will be susceptible to infection.
“Thus, a careful examination of the geographical distribution and the possible underlying factors of COVID-19 in Nigeria is fundamental to its prevention and control.”
“NCDC, in partnership with mobile service providers, should provide a three-digit toll free number for the public to call or text in any event.”