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Imo Orders Closure of Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Schools

BY MARY KUYE

Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Imo State Governor, has ordered the immediate closure of all primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state over coronavirus.

This is just as he also announced a plan to establish a Specialist Hospital for coronavirus and the likes.

While making a state broadcast on Saturday on measures one can adopt to contain the COVID-19, Uzodinma said, he is taking elaborate steps to ensure that the health and wellbeing of Imolites remain priority of his administration.

His words: “As a responsible Government, we have done our homework and I can assure you that there is truly no cause for alarm.
”All the necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that the virus does not find a breeding space in Imo State.
”Be rest assured that we shall not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that our people are safe, well protected by providing the necessary tool and expertise needed for maximum protection from Corona Virus pandemic.”
Uzodinma disclosed that he has inaugurated a star-studded Coronavirus Protection and Control Committee headed by Professor Maurice Iwu to commence round the clock surveillance of all strata of the state for effective prevention and control of the disease.

Uzodimma added that arrangements have been put in place to test all passengers arriving at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri for symptoms of the virus.

“Any passenger that manifests signs of the disease will first be taken to a bay that has been set up at the Airport for further examination. If confirmed that the symptoms are manifest, the passenger will immediately be taken to the test centres and if positive, quarantined at the isolation centre.

“A State-of-the-art modern Ambulance has been provided for the Committee to facilitate its operations.

This Ambulance is equipped with necessary medical gadgets for quick analysis and test for the virus and will be on 24 hours standby to respond to any emergency anywhere in the state.

”In addition, we are liaising with the National Centre for Disease Control to ensure that we buy into the Federal Government’s Corona Virus prevention roadmap. Similarly, we are tracking global updates on the disease so as to remain ever vigilant on global efforts, control and eradication.”

Uzodimma further noted that arrangements have been concluded to establish a Specialist Hospital specifically charged with control and prevention of the contagious disease. This, he said will ensure that neither Coronavirus nor any other contagious virus will be a threat to Imo people in the future.

t “An isolation centre has been set up within the State Capital to quarantine any person who tests positive to the virus. A test centre has equally been set up in Owerri to examine those with symptoms of the virus.”

 

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