Coronavirus : Ebonyi orders house to house, stop and test of people

By AdvocateNews on 20/03/2020

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Governor Dave Umahi
Governor Dave Umahi

The Ebonyi state government has ordered the closure of all private and public schools including nursery and primary schools, secondary and tertiary institutions operating in the state with effects from 12 noon March 20, 2020 (today).

A public service announcement signed by Dr Ugbala Kenneth Igwe, Secretary to the State Government in Abakaliki on Thursday directed the state health workers to commence immediately a stop and test and house to house random testing and of people to fish out those with the dreaded virus with a view to isolating and quarantining them. 

The government directed security agencies to ensure that the directive for the immediate closure of all schools was complied with.

The public service announcement:

I am directed by His Excellency , the Governor of Ebonyi State ,Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE to request all private and public schools from nursery and primary schools , Secondary and tertiary institutions to round up and close down their school activities by twelve noon of 20th March,2020.   

Government is by this announcement directs all security agencies to ensure that all private and public schools are immediately  closed down in line with this directives . 

The Ministry of health and State Committee on Anti coronary virus are hereby directed that they should deploy all health officers to all markets ,rice mills, quarry ,banks and other public event management centers to carry out test on people randomly .  

All the night clubs and other night activities are by this announcement closed down. Every gathering of more than 50 persons in our religious worship centers are hereby prohibited . All markets and religious centers must deploy  a strategy of hand sanitizers  and deploy  other temperature checks at their entry and exit places.   

The State Government shall meet with religious Leaders in few days to discuss on the gathering of their worship centers. State shall also start on Monday the 23rd of March,  to do stop and test to all people entering Ebonyi State as a way of safe guarding our people.  

The health workers are immediately directed by this announcement by Friday 21st March to move from house to house to use 150 infrared  thermometer  device  to test all Ebonyians.   Government of Ebonyi State have proactively built a testing and quarantine centers at Unity square and the  boarder between Enugu and Ebonyi and shall build more at all the exit and entering points of Ebonyi State as a way of ensuring that the health of every body entering or exiting Ebonyi State is ascertained.Ebonyians are advised  against hand shaking and hogging, eating of animals to have been identified as means of contacting the virus should be avoided as a way of protecting themselves . Coronavirus /Lassar fever scotch  are realities in Nigeria  and all these are measures taken in Ebonyi state to protect Ebonyians. Ebonyi State Government strongly advised for self isolation /quarantine for all those coming from outside the Country . 

Prevention is better than cure hence the Government of Ebonyi State has charged everyone to keep his or her environment clean and those that keep pets should be mindful on how they touch the animals as you wash your hands regularly.  


Ugbala Kenneth Igwe. PhD.  

SSG/Coordinating Commissioner.

Posted 20/03/2020 01:49:26 AM


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