Chairman of the Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission (EARCOM), Akwa Ibom State, Dr Dorothy Thompson has charged, visitors, citizens and residents to ensure compliance with all public health recommendations issued to stem the possible spread of the dreaded Corona Virus.
Speaking with newsmen in Uyo, Dr Thompson, who stressed that the global pandemic which has recorded a spiral in spread and number of deaths has reached Nigeria and called on every responsible citizen to obey the directives of health experts, including avoiding gatherings of more than fifty persons and social distancing to prevent contracting or spreading the novel coronavirus.
She stressed that, in many other parts of the world, nations have already started practicing physical distancing to keep themselves from contracting COVID-19 and passing it on to others, adding that, it was necessary for people of the state to follow suit in the interim.
The EARCOM boss advised citizens to practice the habit of using sanitizers, washing their hands very often, avoiding handshakes and hugs as much as possible or picking their nostrils or mouth with their hands.
She further urged the citizens in addition to keeping high personal hygiene, to avoid crowded places, people who are sneezing or manifesting symptoms of the disease including high fever or difficulty in breathing and call for emergency medical help where a case of COVID-19 is suspected.
On Church services, burials, weddings or other social outings, Dr Thompson called for caution and recommended that no gatherings involving more than 50 people or lower limits be held, if it cannot be avoided completely.
She however counselled that, while at a gathering, everyone should be spaced at least two metres apart from everyone else. She commended the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel for the proactive measures already put in place to contain the health threat and warned against panic or misinformation of the public through social media.
Asked about a possible lockdown of the State, Dr Thompson said, the situation may not come to that, but assured that, if the situation warrants that, the State Government is prepared to take any measures to ensure the safety of citizens.
On the issue of cultism, Dr Thompson said EARCOM will not relent in her campaign against the menace and other social vices. She described the last sensitization campaign against Cultism in tertiary institutions across the three senatorial Districts as successful, adding that, EARCOM has recruited ambassadors in Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden; College of Education Afaha Nsit and Akwa Ibom state Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua to sustain the campaign in those institutions.