Borno state deputy governor, Umar Kadafur, has noted that quite a number of people in the state are still nursing disbelief that COVID-19 is real.
Kadafur, who doubles as the chairman of the state response team for the prevention and control of COVID-19 compared the situation on ground to how the people doubted the existence of Boko Haram insurgents their early stages.
He noted that despite the increasing rate of spread of COVID-19, a lot of people have not imbibed the habit of social distancing.
He said they still partiicipate in burial ceremonies and observing congregational prayers.
He described the situation as “unfortunate”.
“When Boko Haram started, a lot of people felt it was something not to be taken seriously, until when it consumed everybody. This COVID-19 is another Boko Haram coming, and yet people don’t believe it’s real,” a statement quoted Kadafur to have said.
“I keep saying it’s real. As a response team, we’ll continue telling the general public and reaching out with advocacy.”
Borno state has recorded a total of 75 people, including 16 health workers who contracted the disease in the state.
The state has also recorded 11 deaths.
The deputy governor said the committee on COVID-19 is working tirelessly to prevent the spread of the disease.