Coronavirus: Imo state closes down schools, universities over COVID-19

Coronavirus: Imo state closes down schools, universities over COVID-19

- Imo state governor, Uzodinma, has ordered the closure of primary, secondary schools and universities

- Uzodinma told Imo residents that the move became necessary because of the growing spread of confirmed cases of COVID-19

- The governor added that the state's cargo airport will be monitored for people with symptoms of the pandemic disease

The government of Imo headed by former senator, Hope Uzodinma, has taken a cue from some other states across the country and shut down schooling activities in the southeast state.

Channels TV reports that the state government ordered that all tertiary institutions, primary and secondary schools in the state be shut down till further notice.

According to the report, Governor Uzodinma issued the order during a state broadcast on Saturday, March 21.

Coronavirus: Imo state closes down schools, universities over COVID-19

Hope Uzodinma ordered the closure just hours after he set up a nine-man prevention committee.
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Legit.ng notes that the move by Governor Uzodinma came just hours after he set up a nine-man committee to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the southeast state.

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Prof Maurice Iwu, a former chairman of INEC, was appointed as chair of the committee.

The committee was a proactive measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Other members of the committee include are; Dr Okeji Austin of the Ministry of Health ( Member/Secretary), Dr Kingsley Achigbu Fed Medical Centre, Dr Uduji Uchenna (Imo Specialist Hospital, Dr Duru Chukwuma JP (IMSUTH), Prof. Isiah Ibe, (Med. Lab, University of Benin, Miss Nkem Chimeze Ijere, (Public Health) DR. Chimezie Iwuala, and Dr Kyrian Duruewuru (Chairman NMA-Imo Chapter).

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Before Imo state, Lagos state government had ordered the shutdown of all private and public schools as a preventive measure.

The order, which was issued in a tweet via the official Twitter handle of the state government, noted that closure of schools takes effect from Monday, March 23.

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According to the government, the precaution had become necessary to prevent children and teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic.

The governors, in a meeting held on Wednesday, March 18, agreed to shut down public places and this will take effect from Monday, March 23.

This was revealed by Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina, who is the chairman of the forum where the decision was made.

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