- NARTO has vowed to withdraw services of its drivers from Nigeria over coronavirus
- This was disclosed by its national president, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman
- The president also ordered drivers to stay away from petroleum depots nationwide
Following the devastation caused by the rampaging coronavirus, the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has urged drivers to withdraw services from Friday, March 27.
This was disclosed by the national president of the association, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman.
According to him, the directive became imperative as part of measures taken by the federal government to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The president also ordered drivers to stay away from petroleum depots nationwide, the Nation reports.
“Our workers should be rest assured that the National Leadership of NARTO would stand by them at this critical moment as we equally implore them to be of good conduct and law-abiding," he said in a statement in Lagos.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that amid mounting coronavirus scare, the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan has shut down major operations and key services including consultation.
The chief medical director of the hospital, Jesse Otegbayo, made this known on Wednesday, March 25, and further added that the departments in the hospital will also stop rendering services until further notice, Premium Times reports.
Briefing further on the development, Otegbayo said that the shutdown on major services became necessary due to the “accidental exposure of some doctors in the institution to some suspected Covid-19 patients.”
He gave the affected departments as outpatients clinics, medicine and surgery and paediatric departments.
Otegbayo said with the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the major priority of the hospital henceforth will be geared towards curbing the spread of the virus.
Established in 1957, the teaching hospital is one of the major health facilities in the country.
Legit.ng also reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed five new cases of the raging coronavirus in the country as Rivers state gets its first case.
According to the NCDC, two of the new cases are in Lagos, two are in Abuja while the remaining one is in Rivers state.
With the new confirmed cases, Nigeria now has 51 cases with two patients discharged and one death, as of Wednesday evening, March 25.
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