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Nigerians Contracting COVID-19 Through ATM – Health Officers

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The Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOAN), says the Automated Teller Machine has also been responsible for community transmission of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Nigerians Contracting COVID-19 Through ATM - Health Officers
Nigerians Contracting Through ATM – Health Officers

Taiwo Awonuga, EHOA’s Lagos chapter President, raised the alarm in an interview with the News Agency of (NAN) in Lagos on Friday.

Awonuga urged the Presidential Task Force (PTF) to immediately compel banks to open up more cash dispensing outlets to forestall the spread of the virus.

Awonuga lamented that social distancing was being ignored at several ATMs points across the country.

He appealed to financial institutions to ensure their customers obey all safety guidelines.

The health officers advised banks to streamline their services in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) recommendations.

“The rat-race going on in many ATMs outlets is not good for the fight against communal transmission of the pandemic. People line up 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 ATMs are few but attract crowds.

“The confusion at ATM points are a common sight in the country because people need money to cater for daily needs. In that zeal to get cash, they lose their guard and get infected by vectors around them,’’ he said.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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