our efforts to protect Anambra State from the raging Covid-19 pandemic. As you
would have heard from the media, our beloved state recorded a new case of
Covid-19 yesterday. The new case returned from Kano on the 6th of May after a
short business trip.
efforts to tighten security at the boundaries, this new case was able to sneak
back into Anambra State after a trip to Kano. He is currently receiving
attention in one of our Protective Care Centers. His residence has been sealed
off and we have commenced aggressive contact tracing to minimize the wave of
community spread that might arise from this case. Ndi Anambra, I urge you to be
calm as Covid-19 Task Force is on top of the situation to ensure that this
threat is quickly contained.
progress in our efforts to bring Covid-19 testing closer to our people. We have
received assurances that the two laboratories that had been earmarked for
approval shall be approved to operate fully as Covid-19 Testing Centers from
next week. A special training for professionals who will work in the
laboratories is currently going on in readiness for the inauguration of the
search in the 179 communities of Anambra State. This will help us ramp up the numbers
in terms of testing and ensure immediate containment of any possible outbreak.
laboratories become fully operational, we shall be able to conduct more tests.
Need for Panic
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country, we have had only
two positive cases in Anambra State. We have made adequate arrangements for the
containment of the pandemic. There is therefore no need for panic. I urge you
to go about your business lawfully and in strict compliance to the protocols of
Covid-19. These include regular washing of hands, the wearing of face-masks
when stepping out, regular use of hand sanitizers and adherence to the
principles of social distancing. I am sure that once we keep to these
principles it shall be well with Anambra State.
Influx of People into Anambra State
developments across the country. In particular, we are aware of the mass
movement of young people in groups from most of the epicenters of the Covid-19
pandemic in the country. As the Chief Security Officer of Anambra State, I have
a responsibility to protect my people from avoidable threats to public health.
Consequently, we have directed the security agencies to ensure that movement
into Anambra State by individuals and groups shall no longer be allowed. We are
determined to enforce the federal order restricting movement between states
across the country.
observed in Anambra State. From now on, there will be no vehicular and human
traffic into Anambra State from 8pm to 6am. This includes essential goods and
services. Every movement into Anambra State must wait until the next morning.
illustrious brothers and sisters for the outpour of donations both to the state
and to individual members of the society. In the words of Corretta Scott King,
the wife of Martin Luther King Jnr, the foremost African American civil rights hero,
“the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate
actions of its members.” Indeed, through the actions of our public spirited
brothers and sisters who have risen to the challenge of Covid-19, the world has
seen the greatness of Anambra State.
against Covid-19 is entirely in our hands. If we take full responsibility and
conduct ourselves according to the guidelines prescribed by the WHO and NCDC on
Covid-19, we shall win this war.