Covid 19 ; Bello Lockdown Kabba Bunu LGA for Two Weeks.
Amidst the controversy over a reported index cases of Covid 19 by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control ( NCDC) for Kogi State, the Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello has directed for a total lockdown for two weeks of Kabba / Bunu Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor gave the directives on Monday in a press conference held in Lokoja, said the lockdown is to ensure testing and contact tracing of those who might have had contact with the index cases.
Recalled that the NCDC had alleged that the Chief Imam of Kabba central mosque Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu tested positive to covid19.
Bello who described the declaration of the two index Cases as suspicious said the “NCDC did not carry the health officials in the state along in the investigation prior to the so called confirmation.”
The Governor stated that , despite his suspicion of the claims of the NCDC , he has to lockdown the Local Government Area in which the two index cases were purportedly reported for proper testing and prevention of community spread of the pandemic.
He added that the lockdown will begin from Monday, 1st of June, 2020, while the security personnel are directed to enforce the lockdown from 12 midnight of 2 June, 2020.
According to he governor during the two weeks of the Lockdown , there shall be no house to house movement within the local government area even as street movement is completely prohibited within the period.
He promised to ensure proper distribution of palliative to the householders within the local government area.
” Contact tracing should be carried out house to house to identify those who might have made contact with the alleged Kogi COVID-19 index persons; the Chief Imam of Kabba and his Son within the local government area
“The State incident management team will continue to thoroughly carry out the contact tracing . The contact tracing and enforcement of the lock down order shall be fully covered by the mainstream media.
“Health workers who might have made contact with the alleged index case should proceed on self-isolation All security agencies in the state are to enforce total compliance with the lock down order. Citizens and residents of the state should continue to adhere to the NCDC guidelines as the state still remain COVID-19 free.