Posted by News Express | 27 March 2020 | 855 times
The Bayelsa Command of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday said it has intensified efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19.
Bayelsa Commandant of the NSCDC, Mrs. Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, who gave an update of the Command’s activities on the Corona Virus in Yenagoa said it has set up a 250-member response team to enforce preventive guidelines.
Abiakam-Omanu explained that the Command set up the team because effect of the COVID-19 had brought to the fore, the Crisis and Disaster Management mandate of the NSCDC.
According to her, the 250-man team would complement the Bayelsa Task Force on COVID-19 chaired by Governor Douye Diri.
She said that officers and men of the COVID-19 response squad have been adequately sensitised to enable them respond and assist officials of Bayelsa Government in disease surveillance.
She noted that the Command had complied with the Commandant General’s directive, the state commandant to collaborate with the state governments to contain the spread of the virus and comply with preventive guides.
She said the Command calls on the people of the state to comply with the State Government’s order on the prevention and mitigation of the spread of the Coronavirus in the state to maintain its no case status.
“The Bayelsa Command of NSCDC is fully combatant ready to deal with the situation as it concerns enforcement of all directives aimed at prevention of the spread of the virus.
“We hereby call on the good people of Bayelsa to adhere strictly to the regulations as rolled out by the state government as well as precautionary measures of constant hand washing, sanitising and maintaining good hygiene in and around their environment.
“We therefore further appeal to the general public as part of the preventive measures, to keep washing equipment around their workplaces and even our markets.
“The command has equally provided sanitisers, nose masks and hand washing equipment as officers must also keep themselves in check as well as visitors coming in for activities of the command,” Abiakam-Omanu said.
Bayelsa government had directed public and private schools across the state to shut down from Thursday while worship centres were advised to suspend services.
Public gatherings including burials, marriages have been put on hold while commercial tricycles were directed to carry only two passengers amongst other measures.
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