COVID 19: Top Filmmaker, Fidelis Duker Writes Open Letter To AMVCA Guests

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Frontline filmmaker, Fidelis Duker has appealed to all who attended the 7th Africa Movies Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA) and have observed any symptoms of the coronavirus to call on the NSDC for help saying it is 11 days after the event.

In a statement tagged; ‘Open Letter To AMVCA Guest’ Duker explained that the call became imperative for the collective good of all and sundry adding that the fatality rate can be minimized in Nigeria if responsible behavioural traits are collectively maintained.

He also advised those who attended and haven’t seen any symptoms to observe the self isolation rules and avoid contacts noting that one of the reasons for the spread and increase number of cases is the irresponsibility shown by some of the  confirmed cases.

 

Below is the letter

 

 

 

OPEN LETTER TO AMVCA GUEST

 

Dear colleagues and guest of AMVCA,

 

I bring you good tidings even though the most difficult time in our nations history.

 

It has become imperative some of us speak out for the collective good of our country.

 

The responsible thing I expect from all those who attended the 7th  AMVCA is to show the world a high level  of social responsibility.

 

Though I wasn’t at the award I will still appeal to all those who attended and have observed any of the symptoms to call the NCDC HEADLINES and report your cases because it’s about 11 days after the award.

 

It is better you do this for yourselves, family, friends, colleagues and importantly the nation.

 

Even the venue has shut which evidently shows a responsible organisation.

 

One of the reasons for the spread and increase number of cases is the irresponsibility shown by some of the  confirmed cases.

 

We can only reduce this spread by doing the right thing.

 

However for all those who attended and haven’t seen any symptoms.  Please continue to observe the self isolation rules and avoid contacts.

 

It is obvious, corona virus  is with us and we must individually and collectively fight it to a stand still.

 

Note also that the fact you attended the AMVCA does not mean you have the virus.  However there are possibility you have had contact knowingly and unknowingly with any of the two cases mentioned by the Lagos state government.

 

To all of us, this is not the time for stigmatizatiom of anybody rather we must offer support and empathy to ourselves.

 

Importantly the fatality rate can be minimized in Nigeria if we collectively maintain responsible behavioural traits.

 

Inclusion as the Lagos state government continues its efforts at contact tracing. Please be responsible enough to offer the required cooperation.

 

Stay safe and God bless you

 

Fidelis Duker

Calabar

23rd March 2020

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