ABSU, ASPOLY and Others schools to shut down over coronavirus
The Governor gave the assurance today while briefing news men in Government House, Umuahia, upon his return to the State from Australia this morning.
Dr okezie Ikpeazu also Brief Abians and other residents to adhere strictly to the advice and guidelines provided by medical experts on how to guard against contracting the deadly infection, including; regular and proper hand washing, use of sanitizer, avoidance of handshake, avoidance of crowded places, general social distancing among others.
According to him, “Coronavirus is not a death sentence but an ailment that requires community effort to deal with. Everyone of us has a role to play in preventing the disease from coming to our state”.
The Governor who told citizens not to panic also used the opportunity to announce the suspension of the forthcoming Convocation of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU), as well as immediate closure of the school and other tertiary institutions in the state as a precautionary measure.
He equally announced the provision of 10, 000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira Only) each to ensure that the tertiary institutions in the state continue to hold online lectures and challenged the management of the schools to deploy appropriate technology to keep their students busy.
Governor Ikpeazu who assured that Abia is not panicking about the pandemic informed that the State has three ready isolation centers in FMC Umuahia, Spercialist Hospital Amachara, Umuahia and ABSUTH Aba, with a fourth centre for Abia North billed to be opened soon.
The Governor who had earlier inspected the Tele-Health Centre, where the State Government provided for patients to call from time to time to get medical support also applauded the ministry of health for providing thousands of hand washing buckets with taps, hand sanitizers and face masks for deployment in schools, health institutions and offices in the state.