…Govt Urges Citizens To Remain Outside
…Junior Workers To Start Work 4th May
By Ruth Oginyi and Agnes Nworie
The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi had on Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 confirmed the second positive case of Coronavirus in Ebonyi State.
Briefing the public in a broadcast at the New Governor’s Office, Centenary City, Abakaliki, the Governor stated that the second case is a 27-year old man who resides and does business in Asaba, Delta State. He pleaded with Ebonyians outside the state to remain wherever they are till the pandemic is defeated to avoid spread of the virus.
According to the Governor, “The samples were collected for test at the State Covid-19 Testing Centre. The man tested positive, the wife’s test was inconclusive, while the caregiver’s test was negative. The man had intermittent headache and no other symptom for now. He had minimal contacts and they are being traced. He is presently isolated for care at the State Isolation/Treatment Centre at Unity Square, Abakaliki.
In a statement signed, the state commissioner for Information and state Orientation, Hon. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji, the Governor is encouraged that the combined efforts of the Anti-Coronavirus Task Force and the Security agencies are yielding fruit and assured that So far, the two (2) cases recorded by the State are Cases of persons returning home from the epicenter states and they were all intercepted on transit to their destinations in the State. Thus, we have manageable and traceable contact cases arising from the two index cases.
“The Governor therefore once again pleads with Ebonyi people living outside the state especially those that are resident at the epicenter states to stay where they are in the interest of the safety of the inhabitants of the state. He urges all persons in Ebonyi State to wear face masks once out of their houses, while urging all Ebonyians to intensify the enforcement of total lockdown of the borders.
” He assures that our measures are proactive, preventive and comprehensive enough to secure our people from the scourge of Coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor has directed the establishment of another holding centre at Government Technical College (GTC), Abakaliki which shall be an extension of the central holding centre at the state township stadium.
“He urges all and sundry to remain calm and stay safe as there is no cause for alarm. By the power of God, it will all end in praise.”
Meanwhile, following the federal government directives, the state junior workers from levels one to ten are informed about resumption of work on the 4th day of May 2020 despite the increasing cases of the dreaded virus.
The public service announcement signed by the state Head of services, chief Chamberlain Nwele also advised the workers to imbibe good personal and environmental hygiene as well as all other precautionary measures.