EBONYI State Governor, David Umahi has directed that some of the public premises in the state be fumigated in order to protect Ebonyians against COVID-19 pandemic.
The public premises to be fumigated include old and new Government House, Executive Council Chambers, Judiciary Premises, Centenary City Secretariat, Security Agencies Quarters, Legislative Premises and markets.
Umahi in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike in Abakaliki, said that the fumigation would commence today and end on Jan. 15.
He said all the affected places shall remain closed for three days except markets which will be fumigated on January, the 15th and 17th of 2021.
“All the above named places shall remain closed from the above date for three (3) days except markets which will be fumigated on the 15 and 17 of January 2021”.
“The state government has increased the testing capacity for COVID-19 in the state and we appeal to anyone who has signs of COVID-19 or malaria to report at Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA-II) or Onicha General Hospital for testing.
“Effective from Jan. 21, burials and public gathering except for markets and religious centres shall be limited to not more than 50 people, facemasks must be worn and COVID-19 protocol maintained.
“We plead to our religious leaders to limit hours of service to not more than two hours, wear facemasks and observe COVID-19 protocols during worship, testing and treatment for COVID-19 is free,” he said.
Meanwhile, the commissioner said that it was an offence for private hospitals to carry out tests for COVID-19, or treat COVID-19 patients in the state as the government has enough facilities to offer such services free of charge.