COVID-19 Pandemic: Kwara Government Begins Fumigation Of Markets

COVID-19 Pandemic: Kwara Government Begins Fumigation Of Markets

South Korean Army soldiers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus at the Dongdaegu train station in Daegu, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. | Kim Hyun-tai/Yonhap via AP

Kwara State Technical Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19) will Thursday, April 2, 2020, begin fumigation of markets across the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by the chief press secretary to the state Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, in Ilorin on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Ajakaye said that the fumigation would begin at 7 p.m and end at 11 p.m on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

“Fumigation is slated to begin across Seven markets tonight, these markets are Baboko Market, Oja Oba Market, Mandate Market, Ipata Market; Kulende Market, Ago Market, and Yoruba Road Market,” Ajakaye said.

He said the committee had earlier consulted with market leaders in the state on the planned fumigation.

“The fumigation exercise will extend to other parts of the state in the coming days. It is part of the government’s holistic approach to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kwara State and keep the people safe.

“The government commends corporate organizations and private individuals, who have also donated to the humanitarian cause apart from the donors, who had earlier been acknowledged.

“The government hereby expresses appreciation to various organizations and individuals, who continue to donate to efforts to keep Kwara people safe.

“Specifically, we commend Tuyil Pharmaceuticals Limited for donating N10 million, Yusuf Ali for donating N5 million, the Head of Service and the Forum of Serving Permanent Secretaries in Kwara for donating 40 percent of their March salaries, the Forum of Retired Permanent Secretaries in Kwara for giving us N50,000 among others,” he said.

He also commended individuals and corporate organizations who had agreed to channel their palliatives to the ward committees earlier announced by the subcommittee on palliatives, saying such measures would ensure social distancing and temperature measurement of beneficiaries, among other safety protocols.

‘Dead COVID-19 Patients Will Not Be Released To Their Families For Burial’

Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, says corpses of persons who tested positive for coronavirus, COVID-19, cannot be claimed for burial.

He said such corpses would be handled by the ministry of health because they are contagious.

He said this while speaking at a News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, a forum in Abuja on Friday, April 3, 2020, to give an update on the activities of the presidential task force on COVID-19.

According to NAN, the minister commended Nigerians for complying with the federal government’s stay-at-home directive, adding that it would boost the efforts of stakeholders in the fight to curb the spread of coronavirus.

“Coronavirus is very dangerous and contagious; there is no medicine for it yet and it is not just capable of killing, overwhelming healthcare system, it will destroy the economy. In some countries, they are putting dead bodies in big refrigerators, because the morgues have filled up. Nigerians should not forget that these are not the type of corpses that can be claimed for burial because it must be handled by the ministry of health,” he said.

He called for the cooperation of citizens and asked them to “stay safe, obey simple instructions of basic hygiene and social distancing,” adding that “in a few weeks, we will resume our normal life”.

So far, Nigeria has 190 cases of COVID-19. Of that figure, 20 persons have recovered and have been discharged from the hospital.


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