Awka – Anambra State Government has announced the suspension of activities at night clubs throughout the state for one month, with effect from Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
The ban is in response to reports of increasing incidences of COVID-19 in various parts of the world, including the United Kingdom where a new strain of coronavirus, more infectious and more deadly, has been reported.
Huge spikes in numbers of COVID-19 in some states in Nigeria, have also been reported.
A statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, urged people returning from places with high incidences of COVID-19, to celebrate the Christmas and New Year season with their families, friends, kindred, villages and towns and contribute to numerous development projects and programmes.
According to him, the State Government is obliged to act swiftly with the ban, in its bid to avoid a situation where a lockdown will be inevitable.
“The suspension of activities at night clubs is the first in a series of measures which the Anambra State government will have to take to protect our people from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic which seems to be in its second wave in Nigeria.
“People come into close contact with each other at night clubs, making the night clubs a veritable super spreader for COVID-19,” the statement said.
Adinuba also reminded the people to strive to observe a physical distance of six metres, including during religious services.
He said; “They have to wear a mask which covers their nostrils and mouth anytime they are out of their houses because the nose and mouth are two orifices through which coronavirus enters our system.
The need to wash our hands regularly with running water and soap for at least twenty seconds cannot be overemphasized and the same goes for the need to apply sanitisers on our hands when they are not visibly dirty, otherwise soap will be better to use to wash our hands.”
The Commissioner while observing that Anambra Government and citizens have been exemplary so far in the fight against COVID-19, said they need to display greater dedication in the campaign against the second wave of the highly contagious disease.
He advised any person with an unusual headache and fever or loses the sense of taste or the sense of smell, to proceed immediately to the local government headquarters where trained officers will collect their samples for a COVID-19 test.
The statement read; “Even any person who does not have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 can go for a test. Both testing for the pandemic and the treatment are free in Anambra State. Early detection often results in successful management of the case.
Our people have to bear in mind that any person diagnosed with the disease need not be treated in any of our protective care centres, otherwise known as isolation centres. Such a person can be treated at home. The Anambra State Ministry of Health has not lost any of the COVID-19 patients treated at home.”