Determined to ensure that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is contained in Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has charged the security agencies to enforce total lockdown of all boundaries in the state, except movement related to essential duties.
Ugwuanyi spoke when he visited Enugu/Benue and Enugu/Kogi boundaries to monitor compliance with his administration’s directives closing all land borders and inter-state transportation, among other precautionary measures, to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The governor stressed that the strict enforcement of the restriction order at the state’s boundaries and other precautionary measures were in the best interest of the public.
This came as the Nigeria Army, at its checkpoint in Nsukka intercepted over 30 vehicles loaded with passengers who were passing through the state. The passengers were consequently turned back by the military with the assistance of the police.
Some of the passengers, who were mostly from Northern parts of the country, according to the security officials on duty at the Nsukka Military Checkpoint, covered themselves with bags of food items.
Also, the state government has launched a bold effort towards fighting the ravaging COVID-19 with engagement of 124 health specialists to man the isolation centres in the state.
This is as it mulls compulsory use of facemasks in public places by residents as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus. Although the first documented cases of a couple in the state had been treated and discharged, The Guardian however gathered that the team, which comprised doctors and other specialists, was different from the regular health experts working in various hospitals in the state.
It was learned that a special salary scale that began this month had been worked out to encourage the team based on the delicate nature of their work, in addition to the approval of the insurance policy the government had announced earlier for health workers in the state.
Enugu, it was further learnt, approved 25 per cent of the basic salary of health workers as COVID-19 allowance to encourage them in the fight against the ravaging pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has berated the federal, 36 state governments and Abuja, for extending the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown without making adequate arrangements for security and food for the citizens. It said that locking people up in their houses without providing security and anything to eat was like passing death sentences on them.