*Urges Nigerians To Stick To Govt Regulations
As part of efforts aimed at curtailing the continued spread of the pandemic Coronavirus the Grand Patron Of Anambra State Council Of Traditional Rulers and the Igwe Of Nnewi Dr Kenneth Orizu 111, CON has restricted visitors and the referral of cases to the Palace Arbitration Panel for determination except on extreme emergencies.
According to a statement from the palace signed by Prince Obi Orizu there is also the restriction on visitors and suspension of the sittings of the Palace Arbitration Panels and the General suspension of usual meetings and all occasions involving more than 30 people at the Palace.
Igwe Orizu the 111 urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to all safety procedures as ordered by the Center for Disease Conte (CDC), federal and state governments called for prayers for the eradication of the scourge and the quick recovery of all those already suffering from the virus.
Igwe Orizu the 111 who is the oldest monarch in Africa further advised Nigerians to stick to all the advisory including self isolation and social distancing, including the regular washing of the hands with soap and disinfecting the hands with sanitizers as announced by the CDC and the Federal Ministry Of Health just as he subsequently cancelled all social gatherings including traditional marriages and burials in the commercial city of Nnewi noting that all visits to the palace and social and religious gatherings would resume as soon as the pandemic is curtailed.
He commended the efforts of the federal and state governments in their efforts to curtail the virus while commiserating with those suffering from the deadly virus praying that God would bring the disease to end soonest by providing a cure.
Presently, two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. One each in Lagos and in Osun states.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said in a twist on Wednesday morning, that both cases are returning travellers to Nigeria in the last seven days.
It said that, as at 07:00 am 25th March, there were 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Out if the number, there are 43 active cases, two have been discharged with one death recorded so far recorded.
Specifically the Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano had on Monday ordered the closure of schools and public offices in the state following the continued spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
According to Obiano “In response to the growing threat of the CoronaVirus Covid-19 pandemic, the Government of Anambra State has come out with the following measures to keep our people safe –
1. Civil servants in the state are hereby directed to proceed on a 14-day work-from-home with effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020. However, any civil servant may be called upon at any given time to handle an urgent assignment as the case arises. This directive excludes all staff of Anambra State Ministry of Health workers and officers on essential duty.
2. All public gatherings are hereby suspended in Anambra State till further notice with effect from today, March 23, 2020. This includes traditional marriage ceremonies, community festivals, ofala festivals, masquerade festivals, Igbankwu nwanyi, funeral ceremonies, baby christening, new yam festivals, title-taking ceremonies and any meeting of more than 30 participants. Traditional rulers and President General of Communities must ensure full compliance or be held responsible.
3. All nursery, primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary schools are hereby closed with immediate effect. All academic and extra-curricular activities are hereby suspended.
4. All public transport operators are directed to submit the manifest of all passengers coming into Anambra State to the appropriate authorities with their names, phone numbers, residential addresses and final destination.
5.The general public is mandated to maintain a habit of frequent hand-washing with soap and water as well as use alcohol based hand sanitizers.
6. No Keke or tricycle rider should carry more than two passengers at a time.
7. Drivers of shuttle buses must not carry more than 3 passengers at a time.
8. Drivers of township and mini buses must not carry more than 5 passengers at a time.
9. The public is strongly advised to only visit the markets for essential commodities.
10. All night clubs are hereby closed until further notice. People should endeavor to sit at home.
11. Operators of bars and restaurants should not admit more than 30 customers at a time and must adhere strictly to the basic standards of social distancing. They must also provide hand-washing points and hand sanitizers for their customers. Any violation will attract immediate closure of the premises.
12. All persons returning to Anambra State from all countries of the world and states that have Covid-19 cases must go into self-isolation for 14 days and report.
13. Security Agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance.
14. Finally, we have constituted an Action Committee on Covid-19 headed myself to ensure and hands-on attention to the best was of containing this plague. The members of this committee are
1. Dr Vincent Okpala, Commissioner for Health
2. Mr C Don Adinuba
3. Dr Simeon Onyemaechi
4. Prof Igwegbe Anthony
5. Prof Oby Emelummadu
6. Dr Simon Ushie
7. Dr Basil Nwankwo
8. Dr Emmanuel Azuike
9. Dr Ifeoma Njelita
10. Dr Uche Onyejimbe
11. Dr Chijioke Obagha
12. Prof Maurice Iwu
13. Dr Joe Akabuike
14. Dr Ifeanyi Okoye
15. Dr Ernest Ifebi
16. Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu
17. Dr Onyeka Ibezim
18. Chidi Kanu
19. Rt. Hon Uche Okafor, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly.
19. Prof Solo Chukwulobelu
20. Chief Primus Odili
21. Sir Uzu Okagbue
22. Chinedu Aniagboso
All calls related to suspected Covid-19 should be routed to Anambra Public Health Emergency Operation Center on 08030953771 and 08117567363.
I want to assure you that we are determined to do our best to preserve life and restore normalcy within the shortest possible time.
More guidelines on the best practices to be adopted shall be communicated as the need arises.