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Coronavirus: How States With No COVID-19 Cases Move To Fumigate Markets

Coronavirus: How States With No COVID-19 Cases Move To Fumig


Although they have not recorded any coronavirus cases, authorities in Kwara and Ondo states have unveiled plans to fumigate market areas and some public places.

This is in line with the recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of measures to curtail COVID-19.

As at Wednesday evening, Nigeria had recorded 151 cases of the pandemic, two deaths, and nine patients have been discharged after recovering from the disease.

However, since the index case was discovered in February, Lagos State has been the only state that has embarked on a fumigation exercise.

Allnews earlier reported how Kwara state announced the immediate closure of its local and external boundaries.

Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 Kayode Alabi disclosed the development on Tuesday

He added, “All previous restrictions and exemptions locally remain in force. A specific warning here goes to commercial motorcycles (Okada) that have been violating the shutdown orders. Any violators caught would face the full consequences of the law.”

Alabi also said the government will begin fumigation of markets and other specific locations after which specific markets would be designated for people to purchase essentials like food and medicines.

Alabi said the government’s palliative measures are ready for deployment and would be handled by a committee chaired by the Emir of Shonga Dr Haliru Yahaya who is due to brief the media on Wednesday to give the modalities.

Nevertheless, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, ordered recruitment of one hundred youths for the immediate fumigation of major markets and motor parks in the state.

The governor gave the directive on Tuesday while speaking with journalists at Government House ground in Akure.

He said: ”as you know, I'm sure most of you must have read it that we have signed the Public Health Regulation 2020 by the power conferred on the Governor under the respective law.

“Before now, we had in place a formidable committee on clearing the highway, which led to freeing the markets of traffic congestion. But we have now expanded the committee and given them further responsibilities.

”The responsibility is that they will now carry out the fumigation and disinfection of markets and motor parks environment to make sure the environment is clean for our people when they return to the markets.”

The Chairman of the Sanitation and traffic Rule committee, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju, said work will commence on Wednesday from Oja Oba/Erekesan markets, Akure and other major parks and markets across the state.

She listed other places to be visited to include Ikare, Ondo, Ore, Igbokoda and Igbara-Oke among others.

Meanwhile, Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that all major markets in Makurdi will be distilled and fumigated.

It should be noted that Benue state recorded its index case last week. 

He disclosed this while addressing traders at Wadata, Wurukum, North Bank and Makurdi modern markets on Wednesday.

He said that during the fumigation exercise, he would not want to see traders around the markets.

The governor urged the traders to comply with the government’s directive of staying at home for 14 days.

“Today we are begging you to obey the directive, but as from tomorrow, the security agencies will be enforcing it.

“We need your cooperation in order to achieve our desired target,” he said.

Ortom who noted that the directive was in the public interest, said “we do not want our people to be infected by the coronavirus.

“The disease does not have a cure. So, we have to give you an advice to enable you to take precautions.”

He advised them to wash their hands often with soap under running water, use hand sanitisers, cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing and maintain social distance.

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