WHO Advises Muslims on Safety during Ramadan

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By Sam Kayode

The World Health Organization WHO has asked that muslim faithfuls within the north east war theatre in Nigeria should endeavour to practice safety during this time of Ramadan.

Health sector coordinator in North east Nigeria Mohammad Shafiq in a recent release to partners noted that safe practices at mosques must be adhered to with a view to avoid an increase in prevalence of COVID 19 which has ravaged a lot of people who took it for granted.

“Safe practices at mosques, places of worship and other venues should be encouraged, if events occur. Stay safe this Ramadan by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following the five general precautionary measures on COVID-19; remember that there is no zero-risk,”  said Shafiq.
Shafiq maintained that Communities should be engaged to promote adherence to precautionary measures and uptake of COVID-19 vaccine where necessary.

“Vaccination of eligible individuals should be encouraged during Ramadan.
Get vaccinated, if you are eligible. Keep observing precautionary measures even if you are vaccinated.

“There is no evidence to suggest that fasting can increase risk of COVID-19 infection. Refrain from attending events if you feel unwell or you belong to groups at high risk. PHSMs/precautionary measures should be implemented, monitored and enforced as needed and based on a risk assessment”, he concluded.

Meanwhile many faithfuls of churches and mosques in Maiduguri metropolis have dropped their guards allowing people to sit very close to each other without any form of protection against each other during congregational programmes.

Some elderly people mostly above sixty told metrowatch that they were tired of reminding their unbelieving head pastors about the fact that there is still corona around so instead of going to church and be infected they now watch their favourite pastors online on Sundays instead of crowding themselves in some small places where pastors will be bothered about unnecessary things instead of canopies to spread members outside during worship when the crowd is too much inside the main hall.

Many mosques equally disrespect the one metre distance from one worshiper to the other during the two rakat prayers on Fridays.

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