person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder March 25, 2020 11:23:06

By John Ndu  :

Awka, March 25, 2020 (MOI) Member representing Aguata 1 Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Cater Umeh has called on parents to confine their children at home now that schools have shut down.

Mr Umeh, who is also Chairman House Committee on Health, said that he had observed that some parents took their children and wards to markets to assist them in trading and cautioned them to desist from such acts as it was against the motive behind shutting down schools.

``Children are usually more vulnerable to diseases and must be guided and guarded.’’

He said this while briefing newsmen in his office at the House of Assembly Complex, Awka.

According to him, we have observed recent influx of youths and children on the streets as a result of closure of schools because of threat of spread of corona virus.

``The motive for the closure of schools is for children to stay indoors and stay safe. Parents should take their children and wards indoors. Sending them out for trading will further expose them to danger.

``During this period, the general public is mandated to observe frequent hand washing practice, with soap and also use hand sanitisers regularly.’’

He urged the general public to heed the directive of the state government and report any suspected person or persons with symptoms to appropriate authorities for necessary medical attention.

Mr Umeh enjoined all to make calls relating to suspected COVID-19 cases to Anambra Public Health Emergency Operation Centre -- 08030953771 and 08117567363.

There is also Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) number -- 080097000010. (MOI)