Greetings to the amiable people of Rivers State, and welcome to another episode of RivEthics on Radio, our character-building weekend show. Please remember that a Virus only respects those who follow recommended health and safety guidelines. Our topic today is on COVID-19 Prevention.
Rivers people have done very well in supporting measures taken by the State Government to keep our State safe. You are all highly commended. Let us once again refresh our minds with the guidelines by which we can reduce the chances of being infected or spreading the Coronavirus or the accompanying disease, known as COVID-19.
• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
• Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
• Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
• Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Why? To protect people around you from viruses.
• If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why?. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Our guest speaker today is Dr. Guy Yogo, the UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Rivers State. Let us listen carefully as he expounds on the subject.
Our kind Rivers people, don’t forget to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families and God bless Rivers State.