By Yolamchi Ukaga
Abia state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has directed the state inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 pandemic to commence distribution of palliative materials to citizens, including food, sanitizers and protective face masks, to all the 17 local government areas (LGAs) of the State, from Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
The Governor, in a press statement, signed by the state’s commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, directed that the materials should be dispatched to vulnerable persons, using previously identified channels, such as churches, town unions and traditional rulers as well as existing school feeding programme structure in the State.
Meanwhile, the result of the sample of the Umuobasi Street, Umuahia, woman sent to NCDC for testing is said to have returned negative. The implication of this is that as at today, there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Abia State, John Okiyi Kalu stated.
According to him, “Let all hands continue to be on deck to stop this virus from coming to our state. Wash your hands regularly, maintain the recommended social distance and, please, stay at home.
“If you suspect that you or anyone known to you may have contracted the virus, please call 0700 2242 362 and we will take it up from there. If your job is to enforce stay at home order or protect our borders, please don’t take blood money, by doing the wrong thing. If you are not among those exempted from movement, stay at home to avoid unnecessary harassment by enforcers.
“We know that this lockdown period is not easy on our hardworking people, but it is a necessary sacrifice we all must make to stop this virus from ravaging our people. Make the sacrifice so that all of us will be alive to celebrate God’s faithfulness”, Kalu pleaded.