faith-based organizations are sabotaging national response guidelines by organizing mass gatherings, the PTF says.
The Presidential Working Group (PTF) on COVID-19 has accused some faith-based organizations of organizing mass events that could lead to the spread of the COVID19 virus.
The PTF, which expressed concern about the rise in infections and also noted that a second wave of the pandemic may have begun, added that the aftermath of the pandemic has led to mental health problems, drug use and gender-based violence.
This was announced at a briefing on Thursday, December 10, by the President of the PTF and the Government Secretary of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustafa;
“We are rather sad to see that Nigerians, especially some religious organizations, continued to hold large gatherings that could spread the virus.
“The PTF encourages all subnational organizations that have signed protocols with these organizations and have primary responsibility for enforcing the protocols to strengthen their role in ensuring compliance.”
On mental health issues, Mustafa said: “The solution is to exercise tremendous self-control and vigilance.
“PTF encourages citizens to take advantage of the mental health programs closest to them. In Abuja, for example, the Jabi Federal Medical Center is worth visiting.