As part of measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nasarawa State Government has advised all worship centres such as churches and mosques to remain closed until further notice.
This was contained in an address made by the State Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Akabe today (Thursday March 26, 2020) at his office, along Shendam Road, Lafia.
The State Government also said all social gatherings such as weddings, naming ceremonies and the likes be suspended. Where not possible, such gatherings should be restricted to members of the immediate family of not more than 20 individuals.
Also, motor parks across the state are to be collapsed to only one in each of the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.
Markets are also to be closed except for those selling food items and pharmaceutical shops to cater for the aged and the ill ones.
The government also disclosed plans to urgently construct strategic reserve to ensure food security.
According Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the state government will procure and store food items such as maize, beans, rice, millet and others, for distribution to the people when the need arises.
He also said ten moribund boreholes are to be rehabilitated in each Local Government Area of the state as an interim measure to ensure supply of clean water.
Dr Akabe also said appropriate retired nurses who are still strong will be recruited to run the facilities for the centre of COVID-19 virus and provided necessary training and kits, adding that isolation centres at the Federal Medical Centre Keffi, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia, Medical Centre Mararaban-Gurku, Doma, Akwanga and Awe will be visited to ensure their readiness if the need arises.
The Nasarawa State Deputy Governor also directed security agencies to ensure compliance with the directives of the State Government as well as arrest anybody seen on the street begging.