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COVID-19: Ebonyi commences compulsory screening for expatriates

…imposes travel ban on Chinese nationale s resident in the State

Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki

Ebonyi  State Government has commenced compulsory screening for all foreign expatriates resident in the State in addition to imposition of travel ban on Chinese nationales .

Governor David Umahi announced this on Tuesday during a Town Hall meeting convened by the State Government to create awareness/ sensitization on the menace of Corona virus and Lassa fever scourge .

The Governor represented by his deputy Kelechi Igwe, said that the meeting was convoked to brainstorm on measures geared towards protecting the citizenry from infection of Corona virus and other viral diseases such as Lassa fever .

Umahi reiterated that all expatriates in the state must make themselves available for screening at the Isolation Centers created by the government and located at the Unity Square in the capital city.

“Even if it is twice a week to be screened, any one who is travelling out of Ebonyi State, at point of return must be screened before he/she enters the land of Ebonyi”

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He said that he has authorised the procurement of Temperature Scanner, rapid laboratory kits to enhance the screening of people during social events.

“Ebonyi State Government has directed that all Expatriates in the State should desist from travelling out of the state for a period of one month, if there is need for such travel, permission must be sought from the Secretary to the State Government”

Governor Umahi restated that the State government would soon launch Zero-Corona virus campaign  across the state to showcase to the outside world measures put in place to contain the scourge of virus.

Umahi tasked Traditional Rulers and the 13 Local Government Chairmen to convene similar meetings in their various domains and enlighten the people on personal hygiene, hand washing and environmental cleanliness.

Earlier in a presentation, the State Commissioner for Health Dr. Daniel Umezurike, said that the government has procured eight ambulances and eight Hilux vehicles to ease transportation.

“The State government has put in place all machinery to ensure that Corona virus are not recorded in the State,” he highlighted.

The town Hall meeting had in attendance Chinese Nationales, foreign expatriates,  traditional rulers, Chairmen of local Government Areas, President of Town Unions, members of the State Executive Council Coordinators among others.