By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Lagos State House of Assembly has implored Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to extend public enlightment and sensitisation programmes on Coronavirus to schools, advising the citizens to stop attending church, mosque and parties for now.
The resolution was made after a motion was moved under Matter of Urgent Public Importance by Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1) during plenary on Monday and seconded by Hon. Lukman Olumo (Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1).
Sokunle, who chairs the House Committee on Health Services, stated that it was important that the Governor should sensitize the people of Lagos State on the matter and implement the law passed by the 8th Assembly on Cancer And Diseases Control Institute.
In the motion, the prime mover also called on the Governor to direct the State Commissioner for Education to do proper awareness on Coronavirus in all public and private schools in the state.
While contributing, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) stated that residents of the state should be urged to comply with all the preventive measures to keep away from Coronavirus, adding that where any case is suspected, people should not fail to call telephone lines that had been released for the people to call.
In his comment, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) stated that people should stop spreading fake news about Coronavirus.
Yishawu gave an example of where it was reported that the Italian man that was quarantined by the state government over Coronavirus wanted to escape from where he was being kept.
Also speaking, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe1) thanked the state government for their efforts on the matter and advised the people not to spread the disease beyond where it is.
“It happened in China and not Nigeria, it is only one case that was reported in Lagos. We should know how to handle it. We know what happened during the time of Ebola, when the state government curtailed it.
“We should take our health serious. We have to take our hygiene seriously and protect ourselves from diseases.
“The people should be told the preventive measures. We should also educate our people. Our healthcare centres should use completely disposable materials, and the state government should invest in disposable materials, when handling issues relating to Coronavirus,” he said.
Others who contributed to the matter included Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni (Lagos Island 1), Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo 1), Hon. Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland 2), Hon. Lukman Olumo (Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1), Hon. Adedamola Richard (Ikeja 2) and Hon. Mojisola Macaulay (Amuwo Odofin 1).
However, the Speaker of the House, Rt(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, who thanked members for their contributions to the matter, stated that issue of placing a ban on airlines from the countries affected by Coronavirus had to be re-considered due to the economic consequences.
“The Federal Government and Lagos State Government are working hand in hand to curb the spread of Coronavirus. We should commend our State Governor for his efforts on the matter. But, we should call on the Governor to implement the provision of the law on Centre For Cancer and Diseases Control, which was passed in the 8th Assembly”, said Obasa
“People, who had contact with the Italian man suspected to have been infected with Coronavurus are being watched. We should standby at all times to reduce or prevent the incursion of such a disease into our state,” he said.
The Speaker stressed that the state government needs to reach out to many organizations including the local government authorities, CDAs, CDCs, NURTW and others to educate them so that they could pass information to the people.
He advised that people can stop going to mosques, churches and parties for now.
“We should wear mask or wash our hands. We can use handkerchiefs when we go to gatherings.
“The Commissioner For Education should ensure adequate campaigns in our public and private schools, he said.