The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 24% of households in Nigeria do not have sufficient soap to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as seven per cent of households reported insufficient water for washing hands.
The NBS stated this in a report released on Tuesday, July 14, saying 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 indicated that 73% of respondents reported wearing a mask and 77 per cent washing their hands all or most of the time after being in public.
Meanwhile, majority of respondents practice safety measures to minimize the risk of contracting the virus.
Preventive measures for COVID-19 include washing of hands, social distancing and wearing of masks and pundits advise the government to 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 and medical 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.