Governor Willie Obiano yesterday, May 29, 2020, signed the Anambra State COVID-19 and other Dangerous Diseases Prevention and Eradication bill into law at the Governor’s lodge, Amawbia.
The bill, which was passed recently by the State House of Assembly, was necessitated by the need to strengthen, validate and legalise the state government’s policies on covid-19 and other related health matters measures taken by Anambra state government to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Accenting to the bill, Gov Obiano reiterated the need for ndi Anambra and everyone residing in the state, to comply with the hygiene protocols established earlier by relevant health organisations and the state government.
On his part, the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Uche Okafor affirmed that the covid-19 law was germane to the effectiveness of the battle against covid-19 and other epidemics or pandemics as may arise in the future.
The Anambra State covid-19 law has fifteen sections. It provides for the protection of medical professionals, healthcare providers and other frontline workers in an epidemic or pandemic.
It also contains stipulations for conduct of citizens and residents during a health crisis. Such stipulations include: lockdown of the state and shutdown of business, religious, social and traditional activities. Others include closure of educational institutions, the civil service and other institutions in the state, wearing of facemasks in public places, social distancing, restriction on public gatherings, regulations on burials, etc.
We hope that through the execution of this new law the lives of Ndi Anambra will be shielded from this pandemic
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