COVID-19: Anambra Government places border areas under watch
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query_builder March 26, 2020 13:51:40

By Chukwuka Ugokwe/Ifunanya Ajukwu  :

Awka, March 26, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has placed all its six entry points under full scale watch as part of precautionary measures toward containing Corona Virus pandemic in the state.

Anambra State has boundaries with six states including Enugu, Imo, Abia, Delta, Kogi and Rivers.

This followed the Government's multi-sectoral approach aimed at combating spread of COVID-19 involving the use thermometers for reading temperatures of commuters at border points.

Anambra State Commissioner for Transport, Dr Christian Madubuko announced this to newsmen during inspection tour of some border areas at Onitsha Head Bridge and Amansea, Awka.

He also said that inter-state commercial buses must provide their passenger manifests.

Dr Madubuko emphasised a compelling need for transport operators to imbibe the habit of moving with passenger manifest at this challenging time, to ease contact-tracing in the event of any identified case.

``We are trying to see that those coming from other states comply with our directive. We want to check where they are coming from, where they are going in order to ascertain that they properly manifested.

``We have our monitoring teams in other areas to ensure that no place is left out in this task,’’ the commissioner said.

While inspecting the manifest, Dr Madubuko enjoined drivers to as a matter of urgency install sanitisers, hand-washing equipment with water and detergent as well as thermometers.

He urged that any commuter with high temperature or suspected case of the virus should be reported to Health Ministry or relevant agencies for immediate diagnosis.

Some of the drivers, who spoke with our reporters, commended the initiative of the state government in tackling the global health emergency.

Mr Amechi Aluu, a driver with Romchi Mass Transit Ltd., hailed the effort of the monitoring team, but noted that some of the requirements should be communicated to the management of the company.

Mr Fidelis Ehirinne of the Enugu State Transport Company (ENTRACO) pledged to comply with approved loading and sitting arrangements for social distancing of commuters, while Anyaegbulem Nwulu of Ifeanyi Chukwu Motors, described the exercise as timely. (MOI)