The Anambra state government has placed all of its entry points under large-scale surveillance as part of precautionary measures to contain the state’s coronavirus pandemic.
The state is bordered by six states, including Enugu, Imo, Abia, Delta, Kogi and Rivers.
Addressing journalists on Thursday in Onitsha, while inspecting some border areas at Onitsha Head Bridge and Amansea, Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Christian Madubuko said interstate commercial buses should provide manifests to passengers.
He said the measure followed the government’s multisectoral approach, which aims to combat the spread of Covid-19, involving the use of temperature readers to check passengers at border points.
He stressed the need for transport operators to absorb the habit of traveling with passengers manifested at this challenging time to facilitate the tracking of contacts in the event of any identified case.
He said: “We are trying to see that those who come from other states are following our guidelines. We want to check where they come from, where they are going and whether they are properly checked for the manifest.
“We have our monitoring teams in other areas to ensure that there is no place in this task.”
Madubuko accused drivers of urgently installing disinfectants, washing the manual equipment with water and detergent, as well as the temperature reader for passengers.
He recommended that any traveler with a high temperature or suspected virus occurrence should be reported to the Ministry of Health or relevant agencies for immediate diagnosis.
Some of the drivers, while reacting, praised the government’s initiative to combat the global health emergency.