Anambra: Obiano heads Action Committee on Covid-19, bans gathering of more than 30 persons

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… Orders workers to proceed on 14 day work from home

In a bid to combat the spread of Coronavirus spread to the state, the Anambra State government has constituted a 22 man Action Committee on Covid-19 headed by the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano.

Governor Obiano who disclosed this in a press briefing in Awka on Monday gave the names of the members of the committee to include; the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C Don Adinuba, Dr. Simeon Onyemaechi, Prof. Igwegbe Anthony, Prof. Oby Emelummadu, Dr. Simon Ushie, Dr. Basil Nwankwo, Dr. Emmanuel Azuike, Dr. Ifeoma Njelita, Dr. Uche Onyejimbe, Dr. Chijioke Obagha and Prof. Maurice Iwu.

Others according to the governor are; Dr. Joe Akabuike, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye, Dr. Ernest Ifebi, Dr. Chioma Ezenyimulu, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, Chidi Kanu, Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief Primus Odili, Sir Uzu Okagbue and Chinedu Aniagboso.

He also said that in response to the growing threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Anambra State had come out with the following measures to keep the people safe –

  1. Civil servants in the state are hereby directed to proceed on a 14-day work-from-home with effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020. However, any civil servant may be called upon at any given time to handle an urgent assignment as the case arises. This directive excludes all staff of Anambra State Ministry of Health workers and officers on essential duty.
  2. All public gatherings are hereby suspended in Anambra State till further notice with effect from today, March 23, 2020. This includes traditional marriage ceremonies, community festivals, ofala festivals, masquerade festivals, Igbankwu nwanyi, funeral ceremonies, baby christening, new yam festivals, title-taking ceremonies and any meeting of more than 30 participants. Traditional rulers and President General of communities must ensure full compliance or be held responsible.
  3. All nursery, primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary schools are hereby closed with immediate effect. All academic and extra-curricular activities are hereby suspended.
  4. All public transport operators are directed to submit the manifest of all passengers coming into Anambra State to the appropriate authorities with their names, phone numbers, residential addresses and final destination.
  5. The general public is mandated to maintain a habit of frequent hand-washing with soap and water as well as use alcohol based hand sanitizers.
  6. No Keke or tricycle rider should carry more than two passengers at a time.
  7. Drivers of shuttle buses must not carry more than 3 passengers at a time.
  8. Drivers of township and mini buses must not carry more than 5 passengers at a time.
  9. The public is strongly advised to only visit the markets for essential commodities.
  10. All night clubs are hereby closed until further notice. People should endeavor to sit at home.
  11. Operators of bars and restaurants should not admit more than 30 customers at a time and must adhere strictly to the basic standards of social distancing. They must also provide hand-washing points and hand sanitizers for their customers. Any violation will attract immediate closure of the premises.
  12. All persons returning to Anambra State from all countries of the world and states that have Covid-19 cases must go into self-isolation for 14 days and report.
  13. Security Agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance.

While emphasizing that all calls related to suspected Covid-19 should be routed to Anambra Public Health Emergency Operation Center on 08030953771 and 08117567363, he said, “I want to assure you that we are determined to do our best to preserve life and restore normalcy within the shortest possible time.”

“More guidelines on the best practices to be adopted shall be communicated as the need arises, he concluded.”

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