By Tajudeen Kareem

Sir: Mallam Abba Kyari died on Friday, April 17. He was buried the following day in accord with Islamic rites. Individuals on the funeral, nonetheless, breached a number of protocols on dealing with of points within the coronavirus pandemic.

The PTF Covid-19 workforce led with sincerity and humility in its response. It acknowledged the errors, apologised and outlined a brand new path away from the infraction.

Chairman of the Presidential Job Drive and Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, (SGF), Boss Mustapha admitted that: “The PTF acknowledges, regrettably, the unintentional violation of the ideas and protocols that kind the core of our messaging to Nigerians on the funeral of the late Chief of Workers. These ideas, for emphasis, embrace the steering supplied on mass gatherings, social distancing, private hygiene, and restriction of actions.”

He stated additional: “Classes have been learnt and acceptable measures have been taken to shut all gaps. We guarantee all Nigerians of their security and the willpower of the PTF to fight the pandemic.”

Leaders emerge or affirm their credentials within the crucible of fireside. They achieve this with accountability, responsiveness and accountability.  On Monday, members of the duty drive confirmed their mettle on the nationwide press briefing on Covid-19, confirming their pledge to serve residents with forthrightness throughout this dreadful pandemic.

Extra important is the pledge to abide with the protocol within the days forward. Certainly, the Nationwide Coordinator of the PTF on Covid-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu was poignant in pledging to make sure that future occasions are adequately regulated   in keeping with agreed protocols.  His apology on stay nationwide tv should have received the admiration of Nigerians.

To assuage social media warriors, he disclosed that the Gudu cemetery, Abuja, the place Kyari was buried, has since been decontaminated whereas the non-public protecting gear discarded on the website was promptly decontaminated, burnt and discarded based on the rules of the Nigerian Centre for Illness Management, NCDC.

He defined that our bodies of individuals with Covid-19, as said clearly by the World Well being Organisation tips, don’t represent any hazard to those that could have contact with it, as seen on the burial of late Kyari.

Quoting the rules, he stated “besides in instances of viral haemorrhagic fevers and cholera, lifeless our bodies are typically not infectious.”

The World Well being Organisation says that besides in instances of haemorrhagic fevers similar to Ebola, Marburg and cholera, corpses are typically not infectious. The organisation, in its interim steering on ‘An infection prevention and management for secure administration of a lifeless physique within the context of COVID-19’, stated that solely the lungs of sufferers with pandemic influenza, if dealt with improperly throughout an post-mortem, may very well be infectious.

“In any other case, cadavers don’t transmit illness. It’s a frequent fable that individuals who’ve died of a communicable illness needs to be cremated, however this isn’t true. Cremation is a matter of cultural alternative and obtainable sources,” it stated.

WHO within the tips famous that thus far, there isn’t any proof of individuals having develop into contaminated from publicity to the our bodies of individuals who died from Covid-19.

Aliu who had beforehand served because the director normal on the Nationwide Company for the Management of AIDS, gave additional assurance that the duty drive “will proceed to observe the rules and protocols that now we have produced” because the NCDC tips are very a lot reflective of the WHO tips.

“We may also wish to guarantee most people that the taskforce takes its presidential mandate severely and is dedicated in executing it to the perfect of its capacity. We ask for the general public to proceed to carry us accountable for our actions, we learn your feedback within the social media, we hearken to you and we acknowledge the problems which may come up,” he additional instructed Nigerians.

That, to me is management.

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