COVID 19: ANAMBRA DECLARES 14-DAY ‘WORK FROM HOME’
By John Ndu :
Amawbia, March 25, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has declared 14-day `work from home’ for its civil servants.
This is in response to growing threat of spread of Corona Virus (COVID 19). The work-from-home took effect from March 24.
Gov. Willie Obiano made the declaration during his broadcast to Ndi Anambra from the Governor's Lodge, Amawbia.
Governor said, however, that any civil servant might be invited at any given time to handle urgent assignment as cases might arise.
He noted that the directive excluded all staff of Anambra State Ministry of Health and other officers on essential duties.
According to the governor, all public gatherings are hereby suspended in Anambra State until further notice with effect from March 23,
``This includes traditional marriage ceremonies, community festivals, Ofala festivals, masquerade festivals, Igbankw? Nwanyi, funeral ceremonies, baby christening, New Yam festivals, title-taking ceremonies and any meeting of more than 30 persons.
``Traditional rulers and President’s-Generals of communities must ensure full compliance or be held responsible.
``All nursery, primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary schools are hereby closed down with immediate effect. All academic and extra-curricular activities are suspended.
``All public transport operators are directed to submit the manifest of all passengers coming into Anambra State to appropriate authorities with their names, phone numbers, residential addresses and final destinations.
``The general public is mandated to maintain a habit of frequent hand-washing with soap and water as well as use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
``No tricycle rider (keke) should carry more than two passengers at a time. Shuttle buses must not carry more than 3 passengers at a time.
``Drivers of township and mini buses must not carry more than 5 passengers at a time.
``The public is strongly advised to only visit the markets for essential commodities.
``All night clubs are hereby closed until further notice. People should endeavour to sit at home.
``Operators of bars and restaurants should not admit more than 30 customers at a time and must adhere strictly to basic standards of social distancing.
``They must also provide hand-washing points and hand sanitisers for their customers. Any violation will attract immediate closure of the premises.
``All persons returning to Anambra State from all countries of the world and states that have Covid-19 cases must report and then go into self-isolation for 14 days.
``Security agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance.’’
The Governor, then, announced the setting up of an Action Committee on COVID-19 headed by himself.
Members of the committee are Dr Vincent Okpala, Commissioner for Health; Mr C Don Adinuba, Commissioner for Information; Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, Prof Anthony Igwegbe, Prof Oby Emelummadu, Dr Simon Ushie, Dr Basil Nwankwo, Dr Emmanuel Azuike, Dr Ifeoma Njelita, Dr Uche Onyejimbe.
``Others are Dr Chijioke Obagha, Prof Maurice Iwu, Dr Joe Akabuike, Dr Ifeanyi Okoye, Dr Ernest Ifebi, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu, Dr Onyeka Ibezim, Chidi Kanu, Mr Uche Okafor, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly; Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, SSG: Chief Primus Odili, Chief of Staff: Uzu Okagbue, Deputy Chief of Staff; and Chinedu Aniagboso, Chief Security Officer.
``All calls related to suspected COVID-19 cases should be routed to Anambra Public Health Emergency Operation Centre -- 08030953771 and 08117567363.
Governor adds: ``I want to assure you that we are determined to do our best to preserve life and restore normalcy within the shortest possible time.
``More guidelines on the best practices to be adopted shall be communicated as the need arises.’’ (MOI)