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Coronavirus: NBS reveals 24% of Nigerians don’t have handwashing soap





- 24 per cent of households in Nigeria do not have sufficient soap to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19

- This was revealed in a report by the National Bureau of Statistics

- According to the report, seven per cent of households reported insufficient water for washing hands

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 24 per cent of households in Nigeria do not have sufficient soap to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The NBS stated this in a report released on Tuesday, July 14.

According to the report, seven per cent of households reported insufficient water for washing hands.

Coronavirus: 24% of Nigerians don’t have hand washing soap, says NBS

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“The most readily available COVID-19 preventative measure is washing hands with soap and water; however, insufficient access to soap and water for washing is a hindrance for some households,” the report stated.

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Also, analysis of the report showed that 73 per cent of respondents reported wearing a mask and 77 per cent washing their hands all or most of the time after being in public.

“The vast majority of respondents practice safety measures to minimize the risk of contracting the virus,” the report disclosed.

Prevention measures for COVID-19 include washing of hands, social distancing and wearing of masks.

Experts say the government can focus on addressing the challenges in the slums like water shortages and unemployment.

An estimated 80% of those infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic meaning that they don't show any symptoms.

Health experts say by always washing hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, people can be safe from coronavirus.

Last month, a report by the NBS revealed that 42 per cent of hitherto employed Nigerians lost their jobs due to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The report which was published on Friday, June 5 was titled COVID-19 National Longitudinal Phone Survey (COVID-19 NLPS).

It stated that the impact on employment and income had been widespread as “respondents who were working before the outbreak reported that they were not currently working due to COVID-19.”

Recall that the World Bank recently advised Nigeria to develop its mining sector to help mitigate post-COVID-19 economic shocks.

World Bank's Mike Stanley advised the Nigerian government not to wait for a rise in the oil prices in the global market.

Stanley said waiting for oil prices to rebound may not yield the expected result because of the possibility of an oversupply of the commodity in the market from other oil-producing countries.

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