COVID19: Abia Govt, orders compulsory test for residents


Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

Worried by the continued rise in the number of confirmed cases of Corona Virus  as a result of the second wave of the pandemic, the Abia state Government has ordered a compulsory test for her residents to acertain their status.

In a statement signed by the 

Secretary to the State Government Mr Chris Ezem, on Wednesday the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, led government stated that it had continued to review measures already put in place to check the incidents of the new surge of COVID19 in the state particularly with the massive influx of people into the State for the Yuletide celebration. 

The statement added it would continue to evolve ways to protect Abia residents, and its environment with a view to preventing further community transmission. 

The state government however 

 directed its residents to make themselves available for the free covid-19 test.

The statement read, "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.


"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".

The state government also directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Public Offices, Eateries, Hospitals and Banks to paste on all their entrances “No Face Mask, No Entry” notice/inscription. 

It further stated that the directive was  compulsory and failure to comply  will attract sanctions.


The statement added,"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.


"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.


 "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.


"It is absolutely expedient that all Abians must take advantage of the ongoing community testing to ascertain their Covid-19 status. Our Isolation Centres are in operation and all our Medical Protocol Team are in place".


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