press release on covid-19 by the territorial commander colonel victor a. leslie

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COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been declared a pandemic and while Nigeria has not reached the stage of having to declare a national emergency, the Government has shut all land and air borders.
The Salvation Army is profoundly aware of our responsibilities to bring hope, health, help and healing to those who are most vulnerable. In this year of boundless possibilities, we remain positive knowing that “with people this is impossible,but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26).
As the situation evolves, The Salvation Army has been diligently monitoring and resourcefully guided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control instructions on personal and public hygiene, social distancing and other measures proposed in order to keep our communities healthy.
As a result of and in adherence to the federal and state measures designed to curb the spread of Covidd-19, The Salvation Army Nigeria has taken the following necessary steps to limit the exposure of our members, employees and other stakeholders as much as possible:
– Directed all divisional, district and sectional command leaders to honour and obey all directives issued by federal, state and local governments.
– Adjusted its worship and evangelism strategy to facilitate restrictions on gatherings
– Encouraged the enhanced use of the internet for podcasts of devotional and prayer resources and live-streaming of church services and Bible Study via social media.
– Closed all of our schools and educational facilities and made provision to circulate NCDC’s public health advisory and related materials on COVID-19 to all staff, students and parents.
– Closed the Territorial Headquarters, activated our business continuity plan and cancelled all international and interstate travel by its national leaders and cabinet.
– Mandated only essential skeletal services at our hospitals and community clinics. Healthcare workers have been advised to observe standard infection prevention and control measures and to maintain a high index of suspicion for COVID-19.
– Continued to serve the needy and vulnerable, providing emergency and humanitarian care, including those affected by the Abule-Ado explosion in Lagos. Even in times of social distancing, we can still safely reach out in mercy and love.
– Continued to pray! We have called for a time of national prayer and fasting, assured of the presence and protection of God, who “is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble, therefore we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1-2).
We keep the Faith! Remembering, that God still calls His people to be a blessing to others, The Salvation Army will continue to respond and plan in ways that are positive, prudent and proactive.

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