Coronavirus: Anambra bans public gatherings, shuts schools

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Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Thursday placed a ban on public gatherings with effect from March 23, 2020.

He also ordered tertiary institutions to close down from Friday March 20, 2020 till further notice while primary and secondary schoolsmust proceed on indefinite vacation from March 27, 2020.

The governor announced the setting up of the Anambra State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre urged the people to report any case to it immediately.

He counselled against non-essential trips and advised operators of schools to regularly check the temperature of their pupils.

He directed schools, traders and luxury bus operators to observe compulsory handwashing and report anyone with a temperature above 37.9 degrees Celsius to the nearest hospital.

*All residents in Anambra State are advised to avoid handshaking, hugging and all other firms of contact salutation.

“They are to avoid unnecessary travels. Everybody just keep a reasonable social distance when conversing.

“All residents returning from countries and states with active COVID-19 cases must self-isolate for 14 days and contact the Anambra State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre immediately.

“During self-isolation, they must check their temperatures twice daily,” the advisory reads in part.

Traders and customers must maintain a six feet distance.

The state has so far not recorded any COVID-19 case.

The full statement reads: “ANAMBRA STATE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BY HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR WILLIE M. OBIANO

(1) PUBLIC GATHERING

All public gathering is banned ‪from 23rd March 2020‬ until further notice .
 
(2) MARKETS

Traders and Ndi Anambra who go to the markets should wash their hands frequently, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and allow it to air dry.

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The use  of hand sanitizers is strongly recommended if the hands are not visibly dirty.

Hand shaking, hugging and all other forms of contact salutation is strongly discouraged.

A distance of 6-feet should be maintained between customers and traders.

Leadership of the markets are advised to buy infra – red  thermometer to test any cases of their member or customer falling sick in the market.

(3) TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

Students of Anambra tertiary institutions must proceed on vacation effective 20th of March 2020 until further notice.

(4) PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

All inter-house sports competitions are hereby suspended until further notice.

The management of all schools in the state must provide hand wash stations at entrance of all schools. They must ensure that all students and visitors wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, allowing their hands to air-dry. It is desirable for parents to provide hand sanitizers for their wards.

DAY STUDENTS

Management of all schools must on arrival to school, take the temperature of their day students. Temperatures above 37.9 degrees Celsius must be reported to the nearest hospital.
 
BOARDING STUDENTS

Schools management are encouraged to take the temperature of their boarding students at least once every day. Temperatures above 37.9 degrees Celsius must be reported to the nearest hospital.

All Primary and Secondary Schools in Anambra State  must go on indefinite vacation effective 27th March 2020.
 
(5) RESIDENTS

All residents in Anambra state are advised to avoid handshaking, hugging and all other forms of contact salutation.

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They are to avoid unnecessary travels.

Every body must keep a reasonable social distance when conversing with each other.

All residents returning from countries and states with active COVID-19 cases, must self-isolate for 14-days and contact the Anambra state Public Health Emergency Operation Center immediately (PHEOC). During self-isolation they must take their temperatures twice daily.

PHEOC numbers are ‪080309531; 08145434416;0810446408‬. 

 
(6) HOTELS, EATERIES AND NIGHTCLUBS

All hotels must provide a handwash station and sanitizers. Guests are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.

Management of all hotels must take the temperature of guests and visitors with a non-contact infra-red thermometer.

Temperatures over 37.9 degrees Centigrade must be reported to the PHEOC.

Management of all hotels, restaurants and nightclubs must check the temperature of all their staff on daily basis.  Staff with temperature more than 37.9 degrees Centigrade should not be allowed to serve and must report to the hospital.

Restaurants must avoid overcrowding patrons at the table. Hotels are encouraged to maintain a database of their guests.
 
(7) LUXURIOUS BUSES

All luxurious bus owners and operators must maintain a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers to Anambra state.

All luxurious bus owners must maintain hand wash stations and provide hand sanitizers in their buses.

Passengers are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and running water.

All intrastate buses are encouraged to have hand sanitizers in their buses and encourage passengers to use same.”