Commissioners, Journalists, Police to Undergo COVID-19 Test


State governments officials and some journalists in Ebonyi state have taken turns to undergo coronavirus test to ascertain their status.

This is sequel to a standing order issued by Governor David Umahi earlier this month that for any commissioner, government functionaries, journalists, security personnel to attend his functions, that person must tender his /her COVID-19 status.

The exercise which started about two weeks ago has witnessed over 15 journalists working in both print and electronics media going for a coronavirus test at a virology centre located inside Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA). So far, one person has tested positive.

According to Umahi, The virology centre had screened over 100 samples of coronavirus as state government had deployed two testing machine in the virology centre for massive testing of residents of the state.

Meanwhile, Association of Town Union Presidents in the state yesterday resolved to redouble efforts in the enlightenment and supervision of their various communities in order to guard against contacting the COVID-19 scourge.

In a meeting held at the Traditional Council Chambers, Onwe Road, Abakaliki, Chairman of the Association, Chief Ugochukwu Akpa urged members to continue to educate the citizenry at the grassroots to ensure that the government’s order of checking infiltrators from the neighbouring states adher strictly to the guidelines as directed by Umahi was carried out.


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