Says: Imo people, not feeling impact of Iwu-led Committee.

A renowned Medical Practitioner and a Social Commentator, Dr. Chinedum Opurum, has asked the State governors in the federation, to, as a matter of urgency, close their inter-state borders in order to control the spread of Corona virus in the Country.

Dr. Opurum, who stated this while speaking to newsmen in Owerri, the Capital City of Imo State recently, said that the virus entered Nigeria because of the inability of the Federal government to close borders at the initial time, and asked the state governors not to make the same mistake.

His words, “We missed curtailing the virus when we left our boarders open. What each state should do now is to close inter-state borders expeditiously. That way, States that have not been affected can preserve whatever they have to help the ones that are now being ravaged by the virus. If Nigeria had done it at the national level, we would have been free today. Now that they have failed, let us do it at the State level”.

The Chief Medical Director, Geoffrey Memorial Healthcare, Owerri, who sounded it loud and clear that there is no preparation for the virus in Nigeria and Imo State in particular, said that the people of Imo State were not feeling the impact of the Committee led by the former INEC boss, Prof Maurice Iwu, as the State is yet to have testing and isolation centers.

“I don’t see anything positive from the Committee set up for the management of this corona virus in the state. There is no preparation. What they are just doing is grabbing straw. Whatever they say they have put in place, I don’t see it, and I don’t feel it. So what they have done so far is inadequate”.

Continuing, he said, “The Committee is not creating enough awareness in the state. Where are the isolation centers? Where are the treatment centers? Where are the personal protective equipment for the front-liners?”

Saying that it is  not possible to manage the virus in a failed government like ours, Dr. Opurum stated that political leaders relegated health care because of their “erroneous and narrow-minded” believe of going abroad for medical treatments, and regretted that they would learn nothing when the scourge is over.

While stressing the need for political leaders to take healthcare system seriously, he said,” I want them to learn that health is more important than life, and therefore treat it as such. Health guarantees life, but life does not guarantee health. Let them know that East or West, home is the best. So, they must build their home. Again, let them stop trivializing health. Healthcare should be a priority. They must be pro-active with healthcare”.

To prevent the disease, the medical practitioner advised the public to observe social distancing, avoid social gatherings like burials, weddings etc, wash and sanitize their hands regularly, keep their environment clean, avoid touching their faces and above all, stay at home.
COVID-19: Anambra State Government Directs Closure of markets for 14 Days with effect

As part of ongoing measures by the Anambra state government to stop the spread of Coronavirus, all markets in Anambra state will remain closed

Only businesses selling food items and medicines are authorised to stay open during the closure. Such businesses should however observe social distance protocols and other coronavirus health advisory already in place in the state.

A statement signed by Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra State Government states that during the 14-day period also, traders are expected to stay at home and not move about adding that the directive will be reviewed at the end of the 14-day period and if need be, further directives will be communicated to the executive and members of Anambra State Market Traders Association (ASMATA), executive and members of various market associations, market men and women who were directed to strictly comply with the directive.

Members of Anambra state Covid-19 Task Force, the police and other security agencies are expected to strictly enforce the directive.

Covid-19: NUJ FCT wants media owners to protect journalists, provide hazard allowance

Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Nigeria Union of journalists (NUJ) FCT Council has called on media owners to protect journalists and pay hazard allowance to enable them carry on their duties diligently.

In a press statement released in Abuja and signed by Secretary of Council, Ochiaka Ugwu, said the Chairman of Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, has frowned at the poor response of some media owners regarding the safety of journalists in their establishments.

Ogbeche, who expressed worry over the non-provision of protective materials at media work places, tasked media owners as a matter of urgency to make available safety kits such as masks, hand gloves, temperature guns and sanitizers.

“Protective materials need to be in place at all media houses as well as field kits for journalists and other media workers. From reports from our members, some media organization are lacking in these safety essentials and we will not permit such risky situation to persist.”

While commending journalists for being steadfast in their duties despite the Covid-19 pandemic, he urged them to also take personal responsibility for their safety.

The NUJ FCT Chairman called on all stakeholders and good spirited individuals to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility by donating safety kits to the union and other groups.
He urged Nigerians to intensify effort in observing social distancing, personal hygiene and laid down procedure.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra state, has made a clarion call on the citizenry to comply strictly with the directives of the state government aimed at preventing and curtailing the spread of corona virus in the society.
According to a statement signed by the state chairman of APGA, Sir Norbert Obi, the proactive measures taken by Governor Willie Obiano, would go a long way to stem the outbreak and dispersal of the deadly disease in Anambra state.
Sir Norbert enjoined the citizenry not to treat the anti-corona virus measures of the state government with levity, pointing out that many verifiable reports from all over the world have shown that the pandemic is real.
He directed all executive members of the party in the twenty one local government areas and three hundred and twenty six electoral wards in the state to intensify efforts at enlightening and sensitizing the populace on the dangers of the pandemic and how to curb its spread.
The Anambra state APGA boss noted that the proactive measures taken by the Obiano administration is another clear evidence of its true love and the responsiveness to the plight of the masses.
Sir Norbert also said that since 2006, when governments enthroned by APGA began to manage the affairs of Anambra state, they have always been egalitarian in dispositions and have always paid undivided attentions on the well being of the masses.

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