Taiwo Awonuga, President, Environmental Health Officers Association, Lagos chapter, has said the surge in number of people struggling to use banks’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), is the source of community transmission of COVID-19.
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He made the observation in an interview in Lagos on Friday, while reacting to findings that social distancing is being jettisoned at many ATM points.
He said it is the obligations of banks to ensure that customers obey all safety guidelines.
Awonuga decried the exponential rise in the number of infected persons in the country, and advised banks to streamline their services to be in tandem with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s social distancing recommendations.
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“The rat-race going on in many ATM 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.
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“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,’’ Awonuga said.
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He advised people to be safety conscious in public, calling on the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, to compel banks to open up more cash dispensing outlets, to curb people getting infected at crowded ATMs.