Abia govt setup centre for free COVID-19 testing, orders compulsory use of facemask

The Abia State Government has urged indigenes to take advantage of the Free Covid Testing at the Sample Collection Centres in various Local Government Areas including Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Aba and Molecular Testing Laboratory at Amachara.

In a Press release issued from the office of the Secretary to the State Government, nose masks are compulsory for all and religious bodies are encouraged to embark on Advocacy/Sensitization Exercise on Covid-19, and religious worship must be in line with laid down Covid-19 protocols.

Covid 19 enforcement teams would also be visiting public places to ensure high level of compliance to the rules in order to stem the surge of the numbers in the State.

Read the press release from the State Government:

“Government is worried at the continued rise in the confirmed cases of Covid-19 and has continued to review measures already put in place to check the incidents of the new surge in the state particularly with the massive influx of people into the State for the Yuletide celebration.

As a responsible Government, we would continue to evolve ways to protect Abians, and our environment with a view to preventing further community transmission.

To this end, Government has resolved as follows:

1. That all Abians should make themselves available for covid-19 test. We wish to inform Abians that Government has set up Sample Collection Centres at the various Local Government Areas including Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Aba and Molecular Testing Laboratory at Amachara. All sample collections and tests are free of charge.

2. As part of the measures to mitigate the effect of the pandemic in the State, all Abians are required to compulsorily wear their face masks at all times. Going forward, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Public Offices, Eateries, Hospitals and Banks are hereby directed to paste on all their entrances “No Face Mask, No Entry” notice/inscription. This is compulsory and failure to do so will attract sanction. In addition, such MDAs and public offices and places are required as a matter of necessity to provide all Covid-19 Protocols particularly running water and hand sanitizers within their offices.

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3. Government also directs all Local Government Chairmen, Traditional Institutions, Leadership of various Market Unions and Religious bodies, including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) etc to embark on Advocacy/Sensitization Exercise on Covid-19, and religious worship must be in line with laid down Covid-19 protocols.

4. The State work force will still operate with Grade Level 12 and above and those on essential services will continue to work Mondays through Fridays.

5. It is absolutely expedient that all Abians must take advantage of the ongoing community testing to ascertain their Covid-19 status.

6. Our Isolation Centres are in operation and all our Medical Protocol Team are in place.

7. The State Covid-19 Enforcement Team will immediately begin routine visit to public places to ensure compliance.

8. Government directs all and sundry to observe the protocol of social distancing, hand washing, use of sanitizers and to take personal responsibility in order to save their families and loved ones.”

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