From Alfred Babs, Ilorin.
Kwara state governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has directed Civil Servants in government ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state to work from their homes henceforth to check the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
The governor said “aside from Ministry of health and essential workers, all civil servants are to work from home until further notice, adding, “All gatherings of more than 25 people are hereby discouraged until further notice.
The governor in a statement he personally signed on Sunday said that though there is no confirmed case of CONVID-19 in the state, adding, “however, as a proactive government, and consistent with our determination to upgrade healthcare infrastructure in Kwara state, I have since approved funding for the construction of an isolation centre at the onset of our administration.
“We need to encourage all Kwarans to get involved in this fight against COVID-19. We believe we will achieve desired results only if and when our people are properly sensitised on how to protect our communities from the virus.”
He said, “Given the aforementioned and the global health emergency situation, our administration has taken the following difficult but important decisions to protect Kwarans: Closure of all public and private nurseries, primary, secondary and state owned Tertiary Institutions. “We are determined to continue to make the necessary investments in healthcare to safeguard the lives of our people. A 20-bed high-quality isolation centre has been completed and equipped at Sobi Specialist Hospital and plans are underway to build additional and well-equipped 12-bed intensive care unit at the General Hospital, Ilorin. “We have put in place a “COVID-19 Technical Committee” comprising healthcare professionals and officials whose primary responsibility is to assist our administration in combating COVID-19 in Kwara State. This committee is headed by the Deputy Governor.”, he further stated.
The governor who said that the number of cases in Nigeria is increasing, with a total of 27 confirmed cases. The federal government of Nigeria is leading the fight against coronavirus by taking bold and decisive decisions that will save lives. In Kwara State, we are following the lead of the Federal government by mobilising all resources available to us to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kwara.
He urged the people to embrace basic preventive measures by individuals and communities which remained the most powerful tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by “washing our hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as much as possible daily; avoiding touching our eyes, mouths, and noses;covering our mouths and noses with our bent elbow or tissue when we cough or sneeze and staying more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick and coughing, and wearing a mask if you are ill (especially if coughing) or looking after someone who is ill and coughing.”
He also cautioned that they should abstain from handshaking until the threat of this COVID-19 is zero; and avoiding crowded area and minimising any gathering to a maximum of 25.