John Okiyi-Kalu, the Commissioner for Information, Abia, made the disclosure on Monday whereas briefing newsmen on the preparedness of the state in opposition to the illness in Umuahia.
He mentioned that it was disheartening that Nigeria had “three testing centres for the entire nation,” including that this knowledgeable the choice of Abia authorities to get testing kits to deal with the present scenario.
According to him, “the state authorities has directed that faculties needs to be closed on March 30.
“The ministry of schooling has been directed to make use of this era to show faculty youngsters the right way to defend themselves.
“We are offering locally-made water dispensers for every classroom in faculties, whereas academics might 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.”
Okiyi-Kalu mentioned that the state authorities had a educated staff of first responders outfitted to deal with attainable COVID-19 sufferers.
He added that the state authorities had 4 useful cellular clinics and 7 absolutely outfitted ambulances that may be used to convey COVID-19 sufferers to isolation centres.
Okiyi-Kalu mentioned that the state authorities was taking exigent steps to forestall the outbreak of the illness within the state, and urged the folks of Abia to be calm.
Similarly, in an interview, Dr Ijeoma Nduka, the Chief Executive of Hospitals Management Board(HMB), mentioned that the Board had commenced School Health Services to enlightenment faculty youngsters on COVID-19.
“We know the considered the outbreak of COVID-19 will need to have despatched out numerous panics. We are able to take this programme to all the faculties in Abia.
“We determined to go on the market to show faculty youngsters and their academics about COVID-19 and the right way to defend themselves in opposition to the illness to forestall any attainable outbreak,’’ Nduka mentioned.