By NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
A human rights Activist and state Chairman, Welfare, Peace and Universal Human Rights Initiative, Comrade Onele Raymond on Wednesday called on Ebonyi State Government led by Engineer David Umahi to provide palliative measures to cushion the effect of the total shutdown of the state as a result of the CoronaVirus outbreak.
The State Chairman made the call in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital shortly after the state government ordered the total closure of all border entry and exit to neighbouring states, stating that the level of fear associated with the deadly disease coupled with the total restriction of vehicular movement in and out of the state would spell disaster if nothing was done.
He commended the state Governor for the proactive measures adopted especially the building of isolation centres, launching of anti CoronaVirus committee and his sensitization campaign, describing the actions as move in right direction.
He, however, expressed fears that if no palliative measure is created to address fund circulation in the period the people are forced to remain indoors, what is more deadly than the virus, otherwise known as hunger would wipe many homes.
He appealed to individuals and corporate organizations to come to the aid of the people through donation of foodstuff, hand sanitizers and washing buckets, even as he called for more sensitization campaign at the rural communities.
Comrd Onele urged the general public to embrace the regular hand washing, use of nose masks and environmental hygiene, while advising them to engage in constant prayers in their separate rooms as God remains the greatest physician and surely would bring the scourge to its knees.