BY SUNNY A. DAVID
“It is better to stay at home than to be at quarantine centre,” was the admonition of the Deputy Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Dr. Paschal Agbodike while giving an update on the activities of the State assembly COVID-19 Monitoring Team.
Hon. Agbodike who is the Chairman of the COVID-19 Monitoring Team told our correspondent in an interview, that observations from the inspection activities of the team showed that Anambra State is battle-ready for any outbreak.
The Deputy Speaker noted that since the committee was inaugurated, it has commenced oversight visitations to the quarantine centres set up by the Anambra State government and discovered that the facilities were top notch and ready to house victims of the virus even though he prayed for the state to be coronavirus-free henceforth.
He said, “We saw a lot of things during our visitations which shows that governnent is fully prepared. There is a serene environment in the three places we went. There are enough beds and ventilators too. The facilities are modern and governnent effort is commendable.”
Hon. Agbodike, who represents Ihiala 2 State constituency in the legislature, also disclosed that the committee visited the borders to observe the level of compliance to border closure as well as the extent to which security agents implemented the restriction orders.
He said that contrary to insinuations that the borders were porous, the committee did not witness such porousness as at the time of visitation and that law enforcement agents were at the borders ensuring that vehicular inter-state movements were strictly forbidden due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to him, “We went to the border between Anambra and Enugu States; we met the police officers on duty. We saw the way things are going. My own general assessment is that they are really doing their job because it is not easy to man the borders day and night.”
He said motorists were not allowed to cross into Anambra State except those conveying essential materials like pharmaceuticals, food items but apart from such category, buses and other vehicles were restricted from entering into the State as the security agents mounted road blocks at the borders.
The Deputy Speaker stated that it was the same situation at Head Bridge Onitsha when the team went on monitoring, stressing that the borders weren’t porous because they saw how security agents enforced the border closure across Anambra State.
“We also went to Eke-Awka market, relief market Onitsha and other markets in the company of the commissioner for trade and commerce. We saw that the markets were under lock and key during our oversight visit,” Agbodike stated.
He said that the team encouraged the people to heed government advice against coronavirus by maintaining social distancing, washing of hands as well as use of face masks, if they must go out for any reason to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Chairman of the COVID-19 Monitoring Team noted that the monitoring exercise would continue as no stone would be left unturned to win the battle against the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
He therefore emphasized that coronavirus was not a fluke and that citizens must be alive to transact businesses and do other things while urging them to persevere in these trying times as it was better to stay at home than to be at the quarantine centres.

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