THE Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has decided that the state borders will remain shut indefinitely and that anyone seen in public without a face mask will be guilty of breaking the State Protocol on Covid-19.
In a broadcast Wednesday, the governor declared: “Henceforth, it has become compulsory to wear a face mask in Anambra. We also encourage our people to maintain the globally accepted Covid-19 protocol of regular hand-washing, regular use of hand-sanitizers, social-distancing and other rules that I have repeatedly communicated in my previous addresses.”
He encouraged the people to make their own masks where there is scarcity and advised that they should not use polyester and polythene materials in making the masks.
Obiano disclosed that periodic tests on Covid-19 index case in Anambra had returned negative, but “following the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol on Covid-19, I have asked the Commissioner of Health to discharge him from our Protective Care Center and to decontaminate his home to ensure that there is no further incident.”
He also announced that the samples of the 36 people that had direct contact with the index case have been forwarded for testing to ensure that no loopholes are ignored in the fight against the pandemic.
The governor insisted that despite the cheering development, “the danger is not over yet but “I count on your support and commitment as we race to the finishing line.
“To ensure that we are firmly on track, all our boundaries with neighbouring states remain completely closed. Only people on essential services and haulage trucks with essential commodities are allowed passage after a stringent check and confirmation by the security personnel at the boundaries.
“All motor parks in the state as well as intercity/intra-community transits will remain closed, while markets will open only on Tuesdays and Fridays.”
According to him, the wholesale medical drug market in Onitsha is permitted to open only on Tuesdays and Fridays, and shops located in the markets not dealing on food items or medical drugs will remain closed.
He noted that security agents have been directed to ensure a rigorous enforcement of the directives on wearing of mask in public but they will be supported by all traditional rulers, religious leaders, the President Generals of town unions, women leaders, leaders of market associations, community leaders and leaders of youth associations.
The governor urged transport operators, banks and other businesses to also assist in the enforcement of the directive on wearing of masks by insisting that their customers wear a mask as a condition for service.