The federal government has warned Christians against sharing personal items in church, including Bible and hymn books.
The Federal Ministry of Health stated this as part of efforts to sensitize the general public to prevent the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“All worshippers should continue to limit the use of shared items in places of worship to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“Adhere to all non pharmaceutical measures on COVID-19 prevention. Don’t share personal items. Limit or avoid the use of shared items for now. Such items include but not limited to Bible, hymn books, microphones etc,” the Ministry stated.
The Ministry also distinguished between the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and malaria, saying they are two different diseases.
According to the Ministry, although COVID19 and malaria share similar symptoms like fever, headache and fatigue, they must not be mistaken for the same disease.
“COVID19 and malaria are two different diseases that share similar symptoms like fever, headache and fatigue. It takes 2-14 days for COVID19 symptoms to appear, while that of malaria appears within 10-15 days.
“COVID-19 is not malaria. Though COVID-19 presents with symptoms similar to malaria, for example, fever, both diseases are caused by different organisms and differ in mode of transmission,” the Ministry emphasized.