Ebonyi State government on Thursday warned the public against non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols, aimed at containing the spread of the virus in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike, gave the warning at a ceremony in Abakaliki to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary and Ebonyi State at 24.
Umezurike while speaking at the event tagged, “Sectoral Scorecard of the State Governor, David Umahi,” said that the global pandemic had not been eradicated in the state.
According to him, the cases of COVID-19 in Ebonyi state had reduced tremendously but not eradicated.
“We are not saying that it has been eradicated because there are indices to be used before you can say that a disease is eradicated.
“We are still urging the general public to continue to obey the protocols to avoid contact with the virus.
“It is not over until the World Health Organisation and National Centre for Disease Control announced that it has been eradicated.”
Umezurike further urged the people to continue to imbibe the habit of regular and thorough hand-washing with soap and water as well as the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
“Always keep physical distancing, at least two metres between you and anyone. Avoid crowds. Always wear a face mask in any public place.
“Endeavour to practice good respiratory hygiene. When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve at the flexed elbow or with a tissue paper, then dispose the used tissue paper safely, immediately.
“Exposed persons should stay home if they feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing and notify relevant authorities immediately,” the Commissioner added.