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Coronavirus: Kaduna adopts more measures to curb disease

Kaduna State Government, in its efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, has banned the operations of motorcycle, taxis and tricycles for not satisfying the conditions for social distancing.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe who made this known in a state broadcast on Wednesday, explained that the decision was taken after the state government reviewed the level of compliance of the measures taken to contain the spread of COVID 19.

Dr Balarabe said that commercial buses are allowed to operate for now but must comply to the new rule of not more than two passengers per row.

According to her, “The government is ready to suspend all forms of pubic transportation if circumstances compel it.”

The Deputy Governor added that the state government had requested the appropriate authorities to stop train services to help curtail the spread of Covid-19.

‘’Further to this, the Kaduna State Government will today (Wednesday) be taking steps to stop the Abuja-Kaduna train service which needs to be suspended for a few weeks,” she explained.

The Deputy Governor said that the state government had directed all utility vehicles that have been assigned to officials be called in order to enhance the state’s capacity for rapid response and contact tracing, monitoring and supervision of surveillance activities should any positive case be identified.

She added, “The vehicles should be parked in the yard of the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure. Drivers of the utility vehicles should also report to the Commissioner of Public Works to submit their contact details.”

According to her, payment of salaries for March 2020 has commenced but advised everyone to be financially prudent, given the tough times that lie ahead.

Dr Hadiza Balarebe stated, “The state government is committed to getting food and necessities across to identified vulnerable groups should a lockdown become inevitable.

‘”The required supplies are being procured while a system of distribution to the persons that most need them is being worked out.”

She thanked residents of the state for the growing compliance with the measures that have been announced to protect people of the state from coronavirus.

“The state government will continue its enlightenment campaigns in the media to help people stay safe, stay alive and save lives. And it will not relent in robustly enforcing preventive measures,” she said.

Dr Balarabe reiterated the ban on large gatherings, the closure of markets, with the exception of traders in food, medicines and essential items, including the need for people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel.

She added, “Government recognises that compliance with these measures come with a level of inconvenience for which we readily apologise. But we trust that everyone understands the necessity for these sacrifices as the most pragmatic way to keep people safe and alive.”

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