… Establishes screening points
Following the recent outbreak of coronavirus in China and its wide spread to other countries, Ebonyi state government has set up a 7-man Committee to implement some preventive measures.
The committee which is headed by the Secretary to Ebonyi State Government, Dr Kenneth Ugballa, will ensure that all major entrance ports into Ebonyi State shall henceforth be under Medical and Security Surveillance and that all returnees and Expatriates shall undergo medical Screening With a follow-up for two weeks.
In a release by the SSG, the Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, directed Ugballa to immediately procure 7 pick-up vans and 7 Buses to be deployed to all the 6 exit and entrance check- points including the treatment centre at Unity Square, Abakaliki.
The statement further reads, “State Government therefore, establishes screening Check points at the following entry Spots namely: Ishielu for Ebonyi/Enugu Boarder, Nwezenyi for Ebonyi/Ogoja-lkom axis, Abaomege for Ebonyi/ Itigidi-Ugeb axis, Nguzu Edda for Ebonyi Abiriba -Ohafia axis, Mile 2 Ishaigu for Ebonyi/Abia State Boarder, Umunagu-Mpu for Ebonyi/Enugu State. And a treatment Centre at the Unity Square Abakaliki.
“The novel coronavirus is carried by wild and farm animals, it is transmitted by air and causes fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.
“It is spread from animals to humans and from infected person to another.
“Furthermore, the public is enjoined to observe the following precautions.
“Improve on Personal & Environmental Hygiene and as well drink enough water each day.
“Regular hand washing and use of Sanitizers.
“When coughing or sneezing, cover the month and nose.
“Use medical mask to cover the mouth and nose especially in crowded events.
“Avoid unprotected contact with wild animals and also cook meats thoroughly.
“Avoid Travelling especially overseas for now.
“Any Returnee or Expatriate that has fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, should be reported to the Rapid Response Team at the Treatment Centre, Unity Square, Abakaliki.
“All Returnees and Expatriates must report at the ports of Entry for documentation and Surveillance.
“Public institutions, Eateries, Hotels, Banks, Markets and Worship Centres are to co-operate strictly with these Government policy response”.
Umahi also assured the people of Ebonyi State of his commitment to Public Health Safety and more Developments for the State.
Meanwhile, China has revealed that they have not found the cure for the deadly diseases, while World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a Global Health Emergency.