COVID-19: Ebonyi govt cautions public on compliance to protocols


Thursday, Ebonyi government warned the general public against non-compliance to the COVID-19 protocols aimed at stop the spread of the dreaded virus in the state and beyond.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, gave this warning during the presentation of ministrial scorecards by the  Exco-members of the state on 2020 independence day in Abakaliki.

Umezurike said the global pandemic had not been eradicated in the state.

According to him: “The cases of COVID-19 in Ebonyi have reduced tremendously but not eradicated.

“We are not saying that it has been eradicated because there are indexes to be used before you can say, that a disease is eradicated.

“We are still conducting test on people but all have been coming negative. We are still urging the general public to continue to obey the protocols to avoid contact with the virus.

“It is not over until it is over; until the World Health Organisation and National Centre for Disease Control  announced that it has been eradicated.”

He also urged the people to continue to imbibe by the habit of regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water as well as the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

“Always keep physical distancing, at least two meters (6 feet) between you and anyone. Avoid crowds. Always wear a face mask in any public place.

“Endeavour to practise good respiratory hygiene; when sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve at the flexed elbow or with a tissue, then dispose of the used tissue safely, immediately.

“Exposed persons should stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing and notify relevant authorities immediately,” the Commissioner added.

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