THE Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has announced February 1 as resumption date for the private and public schools in the state.
Obiano, who announced this in a State-wide broadcast on the ravaging second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, said that the new resumption date is to give school managers enough time to make adequate preparations before resumption.
According to the governor, the second wave of the pandemic is more deadly, as 110 positive cases have been recorded between 7 December and 11 January in the state.
He emphasized that his administration anticipated the rise because Ndi Anambra who are well travelled came back from various parts of the World for the yuletide.
The governor however expressed worry that Ndi Anambra are becoming non-challant to COVID-19 protocols, expressing optimism that there will be increased efforts just like during the first wave and stressed that early testing is key to surviving the virus.
He maintained that all government offices must observe all COVID-19 guidelines adding that ban on night clubs is still in place and that no large gatherings is allowed, adding that all markets have one week to put necessary safety set ups or risk closure while transport operators should revert to all safety practices and churches should set up an action team and go back to the basics of COVID-19 prevention, stressing that wearing of protective face masks in the open is a must, among others.
Obiano explained that the Oxygen production plant at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka which produces six hundred and one point five cubic meters per is a visionary effort which has turned out to become a major tool for management of COVID-19.
He said that out of the total number, four hundred and fifty will be distributed free to all primary health centers while one hundred and fifty will be for Amaku General hospital, .
While commending the frontline health workers and asking for greater dedication on their part, the Governor assured that with all hands on deck, attack of the virus will be stalled, until the country take delivery of the vaccine.
BY SUNNY A. DAVID