Sunday, March 3, 2024

ABIA STATE GOVERNMENT MOURNS THE DEATH OF US BASED NIGERIAN DOCTOR FELLED BY COVID-19

▪︎As Govt threatens to arrest traders for defying lockdown

The Abia State Government has condoled with the family of Dr Caleb Anya, a U S based, Nigerian born medical doctor, who died of the infectious coronavirus.

Doctor Anya who was from Abia State, died in New York, where he was at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus.

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A statement by the Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Kalu, said the New York based Doctor was infected in the course of tending to coronavirus patients and subsequently lost his life.

The statement read in part, “Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the government and the entire people of our state mourn with the family, relations and friends of the late Dr Anya as well as the people of Ohafia where he hailed from”. Governor Ikpeazu noted that his loss is a sad reminder of the risk health workers in the state and globally take daily to protect humanity.

He saluted their courage and sense of sacrificial service to others and called for the provision of necessary Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, to those at the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 and other infectious disease.

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Meanwhile the Abia State Government has threatened to arrest traders whoopen their shops during the period  of the lockdown over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Dr. Cosmas Ndukwe, in a statement, said his ministry is worried that traders have violated government regulations trading in various relief and rural markets despite the huge risk of exposure to the deadly coronavirus.

He warned that those violating government order risk as security agents have been directed to arrest and prosecute them

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