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Covid-19: Accept precautionary measures, stay safe, Oligbo urges ndi Anambra

Tasks Anambra State Government to provide palliative measures to ease the negative impact of the 14 days closure of markets in the state

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Covid-19: Ike Oligbo urges Anambrarians to accept precautionary measures and stay safe as he tasks Anambra State Government to provide palliative measures to ease the negative impact of the 14 days closure of markets in the state

As countries across continents take drastic steps to fight coronavirus amid warnings number of infections is likely higher unless people heed the call of the health ministry to take necessary precautions.

Hon Amb Ike Oligbo (Ichie Ike Edeke) has called on Anambra state government to initiate measures to impose transportation directives, prohibit mass gatherings and shut down institutions that harbour convergence of crowd.

He stated that governments across the country are increasingly adopting sweeping measures in a bid to curb the spread of this deadly virus which has regrettably killed many, especially old people.

The PDP stalwart and Anambra 2021 gubernatorial aspirant’s call for emergency measures amid a worrying rise in the number of infections (with 81 already confirmed) registered in recent days across the country after weeks of relatively few reported cases.

Ichie Ike Edeke stated that as of today being March 28th the world has recorded over 600,000 cases of the Coronavirus outbreak. Most pathetic is the fact that the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, some distinguished personalities and other public officers has tested positive to this monster that is ravaging nations.

According to the renowned international businessman, this ugly trend has compelled Nigeria which is Africa’s most populous country to barr entry to arrivals from 13 badly-hit countries. A host of other African countries have taken similar measures – especially in relation to travel from Europe, the current epicentre of the pandemic – and enforced mandatory quarantine of passengers from affected regions.

He went further to highlight possible preventive measures to curbing the Coronavirus menace as follows:

1. Wash your hands frequently and carefully

Use warm water and soap and rub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Work the lather to your wrists, between your fingers, and under your fingernails.

You can also use an antibacterial and antiviral soap. Use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands properly. Rewash your hands several times a day, especially after touching anything including your phone or laptop.

2. Avoid touching your face

SARS-CoV-2 can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours. You can get the virus on your hands if you touch a surface like a doorknob, gas pump handle, or your cell phone.

Avoid touching any part of your face or head including your mouth, nose, and eyes. Also avoid biting your fingernails. This can give SARS-CoV-2 a chance to go from your hands into your body.

3. Stop shaking hands and hugging people — for now

Similarly, avoid touching other people. Skin to skin contact can pass SARS-CoV-2 from one person to another.

4. Don’t share personal items

Do not share personal items like phones, makeup, or combs. It’s also important not to share eating utensils and straws. Teach children to recognize their reusable cup, straw, and other dishes for their own use only.

5. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze

SARS-CoV-2 is found in high amounts in the nose and mouth. This means it can be carried by air droplets to other people when you cough or sneeze. It can also land on hard surfaces and stay there for up to 3 days.

Use a tissue or sneeze into your elbow to keep your hands as clean as possible. Wash your hands carefully after you sneeze or cough, regardless.

6. Clean and disinfect surfaces

Use alcohol-based disinfectants to clean hard surfaces in your home like countertops, door handles, furniture, and toys. Also clean your phone, laptop, and anything else you use regularly several times a day.

Disinfect areas after you bring groceries or packages into your home. Use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solutions for general cleaning in between disinfecting surfaces.

7. Take social distancing seriously

If you are carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it will be found in high amounts in your spit (sputum). This can happen even if you do not have symptoms.

Social distancing means staying home and working remotely when possible. If you must go out for necessities, keep a distance of 6 feet from other people. You can transmit the virus by speaking to someone in close contact to you.

8. Do not gather in groups

Being in a group or gathering makes it more likely that you will be in close contact with someone. This includes avoiding all religious places of worship, as you may have to sit or stand too close to another congregant. It also includes congregating at parks or beaches.

9. Avoid eating or drinking in public places

Now is not the time to go out to eat. This means avoiding restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and other eateries. The virus can be transmitted through food, utensils, dishes, and cups. It may also be airborne from other people in the venue.

You can still get delivery or takeaway food. Choose foods that are thoroughly cooked and can be reheated. High heat (at least 132°F/56°C, according to one recent, not-yet-peer-reviewed lab study) helps to kill coronaviruses. This means it may be best to avoid cold foods from restaurants and all food from buffets and open salad bars.

10. Wash fresh groceries

Soak all raw, whole fruits and vegetables in a solution of food-grade hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar. Let dry before putting them away in your fridge and cupboards. You can also use vegetable antibacterial wash to clean produce. Wash your hands before and after handling fresh produce.

11. Self-quarantine if sick.

Call your doctor if you have any symptoms. Stay home until you recover. Avoid sitting, sleeping, or eating with your loved ones even if live in the same home.

Wear a mask and wash your hands as much as possible. If you need urgent medical care, wear a mask and let them know you may have COVID-19.

Finally Ike Oligbo enjoined Anambra State Government to provide palliative measures to ease economic hardships resulting from the 14days commercial in activities in the state. The economic palliative measures become inevitable because majority of Ndi Anambra business men and women depends on daily business activities to put food on the table for their respective families.

Life is precious, stay safe
Ike Oligbo Media Team

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