The Kwara State Government has announced the immediate closure of its local and external boundaries amid efforts to block entries of vehicles from outside and prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.
Similarly, the government said that it had procured 200 fumigation machines to decontaminate all markets and other specific places across the state which would begin tomorrow (Thursday).
The state Deputy Governor and Chairman of Technical Committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi, said this in Ilorin on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen.
Alabi said, “The government hereby announces the shutting down of all our land borders to ban movement to the state from elsewhere. The only exemptions to this rule are those stated in the address of Mr President. Specifically, these are vehicles carrying agricultural produce, medical equipment, and officials on essential duties related to COVID-19 campaign.”
According to him, after the fumigation, specific markets in the state would be designated and announced for people to purchase foodstuffs and other essentials only.
Alabi said the government had dedicated it Specialist Hospital at Sobi, Ilorin as an infectious disease centre as quarantine centre for COVID-19 patients.
Alabi while thanking those that made donations to the government to contain the spread of COVID-19, advised others who wanted to do so to channel such to the government.
He added, “Following informed opinion of the medical advisory committee of the technical committee on COVID-19, the government hereby bans house-to-house distribution of materials at this time. Donors or their privies can drop such materials at collection points in each ward while beneficiaries go there and pick under strict compliance with COVID-19 prevention protocols.”
The deputy governor also said that government’s palliative measures were ready for deployment and would be handled by a committee chaired by the Emir of Shonga Dr Haliru Yahaya who would give the relief material-sharing modality.