NMA disagrees with Sanwo-Olu over full reopening of worship centres in Lagos

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The Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos Chapter has disagreed with the decision of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordering all Mosques, Churches and others to be fully opened for worshipping in the State.

The Chairman, Lagos NMA Committee on COVID-19 Response, Dr Japhet Olugbodi, said the state should have waited awhile before the full reopening of churches.

He said, “I think we should have tarried a little bit and see what comes out of the reopening of the airports. The strain of COVID-19 in Nigeria is different from the one in some countries, and since we’ve opened the airport, we may have people bringing in another strain of the virus that is different and deadlier than the one in the country.

“We should have seen how that goes first before reopening the economy fully. I understand that people are hard-pressed, but there is a popular saying that goes thus, ‘safety first.’ I think we could have tarried a bit till about another month after reopening of the airports before the full reopening of the economy.”

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