Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, Anambra State, Dr. Joe Ugboaja, has said that the carefree attitude of Nigerians is responsible for the increasing cases of coronavirus in the country.

Ugboaja, who is Director of Clinical Services, Research and Training, as well as Chairman, COVID-19 Task Force of the hospital, stated this at the weekend while fielding questions from newsmen at Nnewi on activities of the Task Force.

He urged Nigerians to take the fight against the virus more seriously, saying the call became necessary in view of the rising number of cases as a result of the ongoing community spread.

He recommended stricter compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures, especially the use of face masks and maintaining physical distancing among members of the public.

“It is unfortunate and worrisome that even in the face of escalating infections, most people still go about their businesses as if nothing is happening. Time has come for everybody to take responsibility for containing the spread of the virus. This is the only way we can arrest it and flatten the curve.

“The ‘I don’t care’ attitude of members of the public is largely responsible for the increasing number of cases being presented at the hospital for management,” Ugboaja noted.

He warned that if nothing was urgently done to reverse the trend, the hospital would soon be overwhelmed with cases of COVID-19 and would be unable to help going forward.

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