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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus: No plans to shut down schools in Akwa Ibom- Governor Emmanuel Udom says

Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom states has said that there are no plans to shut down schools in the state due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In a state wide broadcast delivered on Saturday morning, Governor Udom said that there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 disease in Akwa Ibom State and that as a matter of fact, the measures put in place at the state airport to curb the spread of the virus into the state, is comprehensive and has no parallel anywhere in West Africa.

He appealed to residents of the state to adhere strictly to preventive measures so they do not contact the virus.

'' I want to advise that we should all continue to observe the simple rules of Personal and Respiratory Hygiene:

Regular hand washing with soap under running water.

b. Use of hand sanitizer where there is no water.

c. Coughing/sneezing into a disposable tissue paper or the cuff of the elbow where no tissue is available and proper disposal of the used tissue.

d. Put on a mask if you cannot properly move away from any person with those symptoms and or give the person a mask to wear.

It is also important to observe SOCIAL DISTANCING, avoid hand shaking, and keep at least six feet away from anyone who is sneezing or coughing.

I would like to remind you of some symptoms of the infection which include: Fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, generally feeling unwell (malaise), common cold (catarrh or runny nose, sneezing, cough).

Anyone with these symptoms should self-isolate and invite our Emergency Response Team for assessment and follow-up. WE encourage you to report members of your family or friends with these symptoms to the Ministry of Health. Your report will be held and treated with absolute confidentiality. The Ministry of Health has already provided the emergency telephone numbers for you to contact the State’s emergency team at any time of the day.

Given the measures aforestated, it is our belief that there is no need to shut down our public schools, which are supposed to close in a week’s time.

I urge you to go about your normal duties.'' he said

by Linda Ikeji at 21/03/2020 9:46 AM

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Emmanuel Kachi about 4 hours ago

Lol 😂. Another Edo reasoning. #kachiLike this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Vivian Reginalds about 1 hour ago

I pity him.Like this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Anonymous about 55 minutes ago

All these yeye ode Governors.Like this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

RCA about 4 hours ago

Idiot! How do you access hand sanitisers in villages where there isn't water supply?Like this! 0Dislike this! 1Reply

Anonymous about 4 hours ago

Our governor were mumuLike this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Maryanne about 4 hours ago

I heard this is another Bumbling I know it all fool back home in Nigeria. The worst part of it is that his state is not enlightened and if COVID19 should get in there, it will be a terrible catastrophe. Who elected this ugly fool for crying out loud, fools that play Zeus with innocent lives but this time, these recalcitrant fool will be the first casualty with his family, then we will sit up back home in Nigeria, that is the solution to all the idiocy and meanness shown by these power drunk idiots back home. And he should not be allowed to close down schools and gatherings once the Virus ravages his family first. Ugly foolLike this! 3Dislike this! 1Reply

Rolling Dollar about 4 hours ago

Sensible. No need to dislocate the whole of society. We need to make practical decisions based on our peculiarities. Are we going to to shut markets as well?Like this! 4Dislike this! 4Reply

The END about 3 hours ago

Behold, another stupid and clueless one.Like this! 1Dislike this! 1Reply

AOC about 3 hours ago

What is wrong with this Governors; before it was Edo state now Akwa- Ibom. Don't you know what precaution and safety means? Are you guys waiting for someone to get infected before you take drastic measures?Like this! 1Dislike this! 1Reply

Anonymous about 3 hours ago

He said airport , is it only by air people travel ? SmhLike this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Offor Stella about 3 hours ago

As long as you are in Nigeria you should do what other governors are doing we have buses travelling from one place to the other on daily basisLike this! 1Dislike this! 0Reply

Anonymous about 2 hours ago

Shior a won alaigboran, guess you are wiser and smarter than the others.Like this! 1Dislike this! 0Reply

Tokz about 2 hours ago

Oga stop all this bullshit talks do what is needed at this time and protect the people you are serving.Like this! 1Dislike this! 0Reply

Anonymous about 2 hours ago

While a lot of people may not agreed with this I totally understand your position sir and I agreed with you. It is always better to analyse your situation first and think of what will work best for you and your people instead to just following the crowd. In Lagos where schools have been closed and religious services of more than 50 peoples prohibited I want to ask if these two places are the only places people meet and can contract the virus. The markets e.g Balogun market, Oshodi market, malls e.t.c are still open, public transportation Danfo, brt, molue are stilling operating and I believe it is easier for people to contract the virus from these places more than from schools and churches/mosque. To some extent the interaction of people in schools and places of worship can be controlled more than in these other public spaces. In schools and worship places you can have someone take peoples temperature before they go in, you can have hand sanitiser at the entrance and urge everyone to use it. You can even enforce social distancing in these two places which is absolutely not possible in the markets, public transportation but these places are still open while schools and religious places have been closed. If for any reason the government feels that to curb the spread of this virus that locking down Lagos is the best thing to do NOW then my point is closing schools and worship places and leaving markets, public transportation, e.t.c open will not achieve any thing.Like this! 4Dislike this! 2Reply

CHRISTOPHER FORTUNE about 58 minutes ago

U have senseLike this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Anonymous about 2 hours ago

Is it only through airport the virus can enter into your state? Please stop receiving your self and do the necessary things to save your citizens and stop playing politics with everything.Like this! 0Dislike this! 1Reply

Chibueze Ogbuagu about 2 hours ago

Not smart. Ill- adviced.Like this! 2Dislike this! 0Reply

Anonymous about 2 hours ago

That's the best decision. If there is no case in your state no need to shut down the economyLike this! 0Dislike this! 1Reply

Mr A about 2 hours ago

Let all d mumus manifest their mumulity sha....Like this! 0Dislike this! 1Reply

Moses about 2 hours ago

I admire his confidence. However, how do you enforce social distancing among school students or pupils sir? Affected European countries have the best facilities yet they shutdown everywhere let alone your state. #dontpoliticizeanepidemic #dotheneedfulLike this! 1Dislike this! 0Reply

Kelvin smith about 2 hours ago

Okay 👌🏻Like this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Anonymous about 2 hours ago

According to your statement u have put all the necessary equipment at the airport,must everybody pass true the airport what of road,land,sea .Like this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Deeboi about 2 hours ago

Dis man is not serious oooooooo... deeLike this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

steve okon about 1 hour ago

No need to close down schools, yet you mentioned the importance of Social distancing. Well, as far as am concerned, i dont see any preventive measures put in place to tackle this menace..we take everything for granted in this part of the world. Oga, do what the whole world is doing in akwa ibom. With your nose and mouth like Volkswagen logoLike this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Anonymous about 1 hour ago

I think this is one of the most reasonable of the governors. Shutting the schools at this point is not necessary if it is not Lagos and neighbouring states.Like this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

Chimezie Patrick about 16 minutes ago

Not until he tests positive. Wait and see. He will make u turn.Like this! 0Dislike this! 0Reply

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