Coronavirus: Gov Udom Announces A 14-Day Lockdown In A’Ibom

Udom Emmanuel
Udom Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom Government has announced the prohibition of movements and hosting of events for 14 days in the state beginning from Friday, April 3.
This is to enable the government to carry out a thorough process of contact and trace persons who may have been exposed to the five victims confirmed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In a statewide broadcast Thursday afternoon, Governor Udom Emmanuel explained that the Covid- 19 suspects, mostly healthcare professionals who are in good health with no symptoms, have been moved to the state isolation centres for proper management.
“There will be no movement of persons, except those on essential duties who must carry a proper means of identification on them at all times.
“All business premises, markets, shops, motor parks and offices except grocery shops and pharmacies, must remain closed during this period. Governor Emmanuel insisted that the relevant security agencies have been briefed to ensure strict compliance with the directive.”
Although he admitted that no nation was 100% ready for Covid-19, he assured that the disease has not met the state unprepared.
“Just two days ago, I inspected facilities at one of the isolation centres we have prepared for possible cases such as this. This is in addition to the already existing one in Ikot Ekpene, and I can assure you that other facilities are being prepared for similar use should the need for it arises.”
He warned against panic and fear and enjoined the cooperation of all rather than resort to blame game.
“What we need to do is to stay at home, practise social distancing and good personal hygiene, provide accurate and useful information to health workers whenever necessary.”
He said the virus could be contained if movements are restricted and advised anyone experiencing any of the symptoms of the illness or who has useful information on potential carriers, to immediately call the available emergency numbers.
While admitting that the total lockdown decision was a very tough one, the Governor, however, said it was the most logical step to be taken and assured that God will rescue the state from the evil plague.

“I can promise you that we will leave no stone unturned in the fight against this pandemic. We may have been bruised but we will not be broken. While hoping for the best, we will prepare for the worst, but be rest assured that whatever that worst may be, it will not break us.”

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