Following the two week closure of Eke-Awka Main Market for none compliance to Covid-19 public health protocols and planned reopening by the Anambra State Government, the Ministry of Agriculture, has embarked on fumigation of the market.
This is part of the ongoing, preventive, curative and holistic efforts by the State Government to curb any community transmission of the novel coronavirus disease.
According to the data released by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC and the State Ministry of Health, of the seventy cases registered in Anambra so far, twenty-three of the cases are in Awka South, the host Local Government Area of Eke-Awka and which also accounts for one of the four new cases registered in the State yesterday.
From the foregoing, this fumigation exercise which is carried out in the biggest and busiest market in the State Capital Territory, therefore, becomes strategic in the fight to contain Covid-19 in the State.
The fumigation team were led by the Veterinary Service Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and leaders of the Market.
The Commissioner for Agriculture in the State, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba believes this will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges posed by the non-compliance while beckoning on Traders and customers in the market to ensure obedience to the public health directives on Covid-19 when the market is eventually reopened.
The Chairman of the market, Chief Jude Agummadu who welcomed the team through his Chief of Staff, Chief Charles Anierobi assured that the market leaders have stepped up enforcement through setting up of many task force teams that will ensure that both traders and customers obey all the
directives of the State Government on Covid-19.
He therefore pledged that if the market is reopened, they will not fail to keep to the Covid-19 protocols.
All the major parts of the market were fumigated to decontaminate the market against the novel coronavirus.
Odogwublog also observed that members of the Covid-19 Task Force of the market were also enforcing the compulsory wearing of nose masks at the Roundabout of Ziks Avenue while members of different Security Agencies including the Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, OCHA Brigade were on ground to ensure the Market remains shut until subsequent directive by the Anambra State Government.