The use of Automated Teller Machines, also known as ATM is contributing to the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.

The above position was taken by the Environmental Health Officers Association (EHOAN) which through its Lagos chapter president, Taiwo Awonuga, told newsmen that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) should immediately compel banks to open up more cash dispensing outlets to forestall the spread of the virus.

Awonuga lamented that social distancing was being ignored at several ATMs points across the country and appealed to financial institutions to ensure their customers obey all safety guidelines.

The health officers advised banks to streamline their services in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s (NCDC) recommendations.

“The rat-race going on in many ATMs 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.

“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,’’ he said.

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