Ebonyi state government has stated that schools will remain closed in the state following the increase of coronavirus cases recorded in the state.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Governor, Dr Eric Kelechi Igwe, in a release signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Monday Uzor.
He said the decision becomes imperative after reviewing the current situation on the spread of the virus within the state.
However, the state Government on Tuesday, July 7, announced commencement of House to House COVID-19 testing strategy on citizens of the state in the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi.
The exercise will last for 14 days, and local government chairmen have been urged to provide a minimum of one hundred persons to participate in the testing exercise.
” As a result of importance attached to this test run, the 13 council Chairmen are by this announcement directed to ensure that a minimum of one hundred persons are made available by each of the councils to participate in the testing exercise. They should also liaise with the state Ministry of Health for the testing procedure.
“With the approval of His Excellency the Governor, the Deputy Governor further directs that schools in the state shall remain closed in the meantime which has become imperative after reviewing the current situation on the spread of the virus within the state .
” Government is irrevocably committed to protecting the lives of school children especially now covid 19 has escalated into community transmission .
” Ebonyi people and indeed parents are advised to take this decision in good fate since no drug or vaccine has been globally or nationally certified for the treatment of the deadly virus .
“The good people of Ebonyi State are reassured that Government under the leadership of His Excellency Engr David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE who is extremely doing well and working so hard for the state from isolation remains resolute in the fight against Covid 19.
“It will be recalled that Ebonyi was one of the first states to lock down its borders, establish isolation and holding centres including the renovation, furnishing and equipping of 13 General Hospitals in the state among other measures to prevent the spread of the virus” he stated.