COVID-19: Abia Govt. Set Up Sample Collection Centres, Lays Down Guidelines


Abia State Government has expressed worry over the continued rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and has resolved to continue community testing for Abians.

In a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Chris Ezem on Wednesday, the government resolved that Abians should wear a mask at all times in the state to curb the spread of the virus.

It reads, “Government is worried at the continued rise in the confirmed cases of Covid-19 and has continued to review measures already put in place to check the incidents of the new surge in the state particularly with the massive influx of people into the State for the Yuletide celebration.

As a responsible Government, we would continue to evolve ways to protect Abians, and our environment with a view to preventing further community transmission.

To this end, Government has resolved as follows:

1. That all Abians should make themselves available for covid-19 test. We wish to inform Abians that Government has set up Sample Collection Centres at the various Local Government Areas including Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Aba and Molecular Testing Laboratory at Amachara. All sample collections and tests are free of charge.

2. As part of the measures to mitigate the effect of the pandemic in the State, all Abians are required to compulsorily wear their face masks at all times. Going forward, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Public Offices, Eateries, Hospitals and Banks are hereby directed to paste on all their entrances “No Face Mask, No Entry” notice/inscription. This is compulsory and failure to do so will attract sanction. Also, such MDAs and public offices and places are required as a matter of necessity to provide all Covid-19 Protocols particularly running water and hand sanitisers within their offices.

3. Government also directs all Local Government Chairmen, Traditional Institutions, Leadership of various Market Unions and Religious bodies, including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) etc to embark on Advocacy/Sensitization Exercise on Covid-19, and religious worship must be in line with laid down Covid-19 protocols.

4. The State workforce will still operate with Grade Level 12 and above and those on essential services will continue to work Mondays through Fridays.

5. It is expedient that all Abians must take advantage of the ongoing community testing to ascertain their Covid-19 status.

6. Our Isolation Centres are in operation and all our Medical Protocol Team are in place.

7. The State Covid-19 Enforcement Team will immediately begin routine visit to public places to ensure compliance.

8. Government directs all and sundry to observe the protocol of social distancing, hand washing, use of sanitisers and to take personal responsibility to save their families and loved ones.”

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