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Adamawa bans gatherings above 50 people

The Adamawa State government has banned all conventions, congresses, seminars and workshops that would bring together more than 50 people at a time, until further notice.

In a Special Broadcast, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri said the government has adopted measures to contain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Fintiri also announced a three-month ban on all training and official trips outside the State, subject to review as the situation warrants.

Isolation ward
He announced that the establishment of an Isolation Ward, equipped with monitors, had already been prepared at the Yola Specialist Hospital.

”Although there is no single confirmed case of the virus in Adamawa State, the preparation of the Isolation Centre, rigorous screening at the Airports, Parks, other entry points and a fast track connection with the National Centre for Disease Control whenever a case is detected…My Government is ready to tackle the challenge headlong,” the Governor stated.

Committee
The state government has constituted the Adamawa State COVID-19 Containment Committee, with the task of coordinating the overall Medico-social response to COVID-19 pandemic, while paying attention to public sensitisation and implementation of containment measures.

The committee will be chaired by the Commissioner of Health Professor Abdullahi Isa Medical and the Director Public Health; Ministry of Health will serve as the Secretary. It is saddled with the responsibility of regular briefings and updates on containment measures.

Consequently, the Adamawa State Governor therefore urged the public to pay attention to regular briefings by the State Commissioner for Health for updates.

Governor Fintiri said; ”the government may eventually consider a work holiday for all categories of staff, except those on essential services, such as, cleaners, technical staff in Water Board, Fire Service, Hospitals, Health and Media Personnel…All Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions must close on or before Friday, March 27, 2020, and proceed on a one month recess, subject to review.”

According to him, ”the statement government is making a deliberate and effective contact with the Nigerian Government to ensure that our borders with neighbouring countries remain secured.”    

He said government required the cooperation of religious and Traditional Leaders, to enlighten the people on the necessity of the measures adopted to secure and protect the lives of citizens.

The Adamawa State Governor said contact was being maintained with the Personnel of Primary Health Care Development Agencies, while Local Government Headquarters are the focal points of transportation of suspected cases, throughout the State.

He cautioned the public that COVID-19 had nothing to do with politics, religion, belief, culture, creed or social bounds, hence the move by the government would take all necessary measures in the interest of helping the State progress and save lives.

Governor Fintiri appealed to religious leaders to pray for an end to the pandemic and also help in moderating their congregation to a maximum of 50 people, until further notice.

“Many citizens who have travelled abroad and returned to the country in the past few days, have made exemplary sacrifices by voluntarily isolating themselves for the mandatory period of 14 days,” the Governor stated.

Source: Voice of Nigeria