Akwa Ibom State has set up a task force to monitor gatherings exceeding 10 persons.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, however said social gatherings have not been banned.
He said: “The public should note that the Akwa government has not banned social gatherings, including churches, marriage/funeral ceremonies and others. However, a task force has been mandated to monitor any gathering of more than 10 persons to ensure compliance with preventive measures prescribed for such gatherings, which must include provision of hand washing facilities, sanitisers and ensuring at least six feet space between people
“Infrared thermometer (Temperature readers), must also be used at entrances and any person with high temperature – 38 degrees celsius and above – must be reported to the state COVID-19 emergency centre. The numbers to call are 0818-941-1111, 0904-557-5515, 0703-521-1919.
“It is important to continue to observe social distancing, avoid shaking hands, embrace, and keep at least six feet distance from anyone who is sneezing or coughing.”
Udoh warned that non-compliance to these measures will necessitate an immediate shutdown of such facilities or gathering.
The joint leadership structure of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA); Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) and the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has criticised the government for not doing enough to contain the pandemic.
The coalition, after assessing preventive measures taken so far, scored the government very low. They said the government has not deemed it necessary to involve them in the fight against Covid-19.
This was contained in a joint communiqué by Nsikak Nyoyoko (NMA chairman); Comrade Patrick Odu (NANNM chair); Dr. Akwaowoh Akpabio (PSN chair) and Emilia Eliezer (AMLSN chair).
The groups decried the lack of communication, saying the lapse had contributed in fuelling rumours, half-truths and non-truths – a situation that is inimical to the prevention of COVID-19.
They called for a partial lock down to check the pandemic.