COVID-19: Why FG can’t impose lockdown on 11 high-burden LGAs – PTF

Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha.

The National Coordinator of PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave the explanation at the media briefing by the task force in Abuja.

He said that locking the council areas down would most certainly pull the entire states where such council areas belong into lockdown with them.

Aliyu said that the geographical natures of the council areas made it rather impracticable to do isolated lockdown.

The coordinator, however, added that precision lockdowns were  just one out of many types of interventions that could be used to manage cases in the said council areas.

According to him, PTF is already working with the affected council areas through other means of intervention to reduce their high infection load, citing risk communication and community engagement activities as part of the ongoing works.

“We have 11 high-burden local government areas we’ve identified, we are doing a lot of works in these local government areas, especially as it relates to risk communication and community engagement activities.

“We are also trying to improve testing, particularly in Lagos where seven of the 11 local governments are.

”We are improving case management, discussing with the various states in terms of improving access to care, access to oxygen and so on.

“Precision lockdowns are only one out of the various options.

” The main problem we have with lockdowns in these areas is the geographical nature of the local governments,” he said.

Aliyu said if they were to lockdown those local government areas in Lagos, they would  have to lockdown the entire state.

He said that state like Bayelsa, where in Yenagoa, which was the local government with the high-burden, if they lock Yenagoa down, virtually all the roads across the state had to go through the local government.

“Technically, it will be very difficult, we know if the interventions that we proposed are being implemented and people are cooperating, you don’t actually need to lock people down at all,” he said.