Coronavirus: Community transmission, crowdy ATM veritable source – EHOAN
The Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOAN), Lagos State Chapter, has observed that a crowded Automated Teller Machine (ATM) constituted a veritable source of community transmission of the coronavirus disease.
Mr Taiwo Awonuga, the EHOAN Lagos chapter President, made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.
Awonuga was reacting to findings that social distancing was being jettisoned at many ATM points.
He said that it was the obligations of banks to ensure their customers obey all safety guidelines.
Awonuga decried the exponential rise in the number of infected persons in the country.
He, therefore, tasked banks to streamline their services to be in tandem with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) social distancing recommendation to check personal transmission of the disease.
“The rat-race going on in many ATM outlets calls for decreeing approach by all to discourage the high level of infection through in such crowded outlets.
“People line up in very close contact in the sun amidst sweat and droppings from their bodies.
“It calls for a change in attitude from banks and customers too, if we must halt community spread of the coronavirus, especially in the suburb where ATM are few but with dense population.
“The confusion at ATM points are a common sight in the country because people need their money to cater for daily needs in that zeal to get cash to lose their guard and get infected by vectors around them,’’ he said.
The environment health officer, who advised people to be safety conscious in public, called on the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on the management of the coronavirus, to compel banks to open up more cash dispensary outlets to forestall people getting infected at crowded ATMs
NAN reports that more than 5,000 Nigerians have been infected with the virus within two months, as health authorities are battling with limited resources to bring the crisis under control. (NAN)