COVID-19: Umahi orders fresh fumigation of public places in Ebonyi-By Reginald Okoro

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Gov. Dave Umahi

Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has given order for the fumigation of premises of public institutions in the state to contain increasing spread of the second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The order is contained in a statement signed by Dr Daniel Umezurike, Commissioner for Health on behalf of the governor and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abakaliki.

According to the statement, areas affected are; the old and new Government Houses, Executive Council Chambers, Judiciary premises, Centinery City Secretariate, Security
agencies quarters, legislative premises and markets.

The statement further added that the exercise would commence from Wednesday, Jan. 13 and last for three days.

It added that all the affected places would remain closed from the above date except markets which would be fumigated on Jan. 15 and Jan 17 respectively.

“The statement reads in part: “Government has increased our testing capacity and we appeal to anyone who has any sign of COVID-19 or malaria to report to Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA-II) or Onicha General Hospital for testing.

“Effective from Jan. 21, burials and public gathering except markets and religious centres shall be limited to not more than 50 people, face masks must be worn and COVID-19 protocol maintained.

“We plead to our religious leaders to limit hours of service to not more than two hours, wear face masks and observe COVID-19 protocols during worship.

” Our testing and treatment for COVID-19 remains free.”

He said that the above measures were put in place to protect the people from the second wave COVID-19 infections.

The commissioner explained that it remained an offence for any private hospital in Ebonyi to test any suspected patient for COVID-19 or treat COVID-19 patients as the
government has enough facilities to offer such services to her citizens free of charge.

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