Umahi directs Exco members to go for COVID-19 testing

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Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor

THE Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has directed every member of the State Executive Council to take a coronavirus test within seven days, following a rash of positive tests from Council members.

A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Orji Uchenna Orji, stated that Umahi was unhappy that most members of the State Executive Council were infected.

The statement further noted that Ebonyi has 75 confirmed cases from the  3,000 suspected COViD-19 patients tested; 26 had been discharged and others in stable condition.

Orji stated that Umahi has directed that the old and new government houses should be fumigation.

Testing for COVID-19

The statement explained that because of the rising number of cases in the state, the governor “passionately appeals to all sons and daughters of Ebonyi who are living outside the state to avoid the risk of returning to the state as records have shown that the positive cases hitherto recorded in the state were those who returned from epicentre states.”

Orji stated that: “The governor further pleads for people to take seriously the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 protocols, especially all precautionary measures such as hand washing,  use of hand  sanitizers, use of face masks, social distancing and avoiding of crowded places, moreso as we have entered into another phase of spread of COVID-19 called community transmission.

“Now we have discharged 26 COVID-19 cases and 49 cases still receiving treatment and in stable condition, and in order to ensure effective contact tracing, the governor has directed that all government offices be shut down from Thursday, June 4, and resume on Wednesday, June 10.

“All civil servants shall work from their respective homes within this period but shall leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.”

“The governor further directs  Dr. Richard Nnabo and his team to commence comprehensive decontamination of government offices including the new and old Government House complex. 

“All government officials especially of the ministries of Finance and and Budget are advised to undergo COVID-19 test within seven days,” and all workers in the two ministries to go into self isolation.

“Meanwhile, the Governor commends all those who have made concerted efforts in our fight against coronavirus” especially the newly appointed Caretaker Chairmen for their wonderful handling of  COVID-19 emergencies.

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