The Abia Government says plans have been made to get the Coronavirus test kits in an effort to boost the safety mechanism in place to curb the spread of the disease in the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi-Kalu disclosed this on Monday while speaking to newsmen in the state capital, Umuahia.
He said the state made the decision to get test kits in preparation for any eventuality, adding that it’s disheartening the entire nation has got only ”three testing centres”
According to the commissioner, “the state government has directed that schools should be closed on March 30.
“The ministry of education has been directed to use this period to teach school children how to protect themselves. “We are providing locally-made water dispensers for each classroom in schools, while teachers will be given hand sanitisers.
“We are actively working on providing measures for market places. We encourage traders to have locally-made water dispensers for hand washing at the entrance of their shops.”
He further said that the state government had a trained team of first responders equipped to handle possible COVID-19 patients with four functional mobile clinics and seven fully-equipped ambulances that would be used to convey COVID-19 patients to isolation centres.
Okiyi-Kalu said the state government was taking stringent measures to prevent an outbreak of the disease in the state while urging the Abia public to remain calm.
Chukwugozie Okeke reporting, Obinwannem News