…As El-rufai Enhances Pay for Health Workers
The Kaduna State Government has relaxed aspects of the 30 days lockdown in the state to contain the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus disease.
Part of reasons for the relaxation was to allow residents to restock food and essentials, The Street Reporters Newspaper gathered.
Kaduna residents will be allowed to buy food and other essentials only “on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the two days on which it would relax the restriction of movement every week.”
The government announced this at the end of the daily meeting of the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, chaired by the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
The State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai was also in attendance haven recovered from COVID-19 virus.
After reviewing the conditions attached to the quarantine extension announced on Sunday, the Standing Committee assured Kaduna residents that this restoration of a two-day weekly window for movement is part of efforts to mitigate the effects of the lockdown.
The committee noted that the 30 days lockdown order was necessitated by the growing danger from the Covid-19 situation in neighbouring states.
According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media & Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the meeting noted that the five new Covid-19 cases in the state are persons that were recently repatriated from Kano.
Enhanced Condition of Service for Kaduna Health Workers
The Standing Committee also approved an enhanced pay package for frontline health workers for whom KDSG has also taken life and disability insurance policies.
The state government disclosed that this is in appreciation of the occupational safety issues they confront in containing the Covid-19 pandemic and the commitment they have shown.
The State Standing Committee on Covid-19 expressed its gratitude to Leadway Assurance for offering an insurance package for frontline health workers.
“The Kaduna State Government is delighted to pay an additional premium to increase the sum assured for the life and disability components of the insurance policy.
“The Standing Committee also directed that the enhanced pay for frontline health workers be made effective from April 2020, including the Occupational Safety Incentive.
“The Commissioner of Health will be communicating the details later.
“This week Wednesday, residents wearing facemasks can go to shops and markets selling foods and medicines to restock.
“The traders, who must also wear facemasks, and their customers are expected to observe social distancing.
“However, all markets will be closed after Wednesday to be replaced by temporary neighbourhood markets which will commence operations this Saturday.
“Sellers of food and medicines will be allocated spaces in public schools and other public facilities so that they can serve specific neighbourhoods.
“Every effort will be made to site these temporary markets within walking distance so that people can pick their groceries and other essentials right in their local areas”, the government said.
Time to Open Kaduna Markets
The statement added that “the temporary neighbourhood markets will operate from 10am to 4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and social distancing will be observed during their operations.
“This will address one of the main reasons why people commute outside their neighbourhoods, and permit more economic activity to happen in a structured manner during quarantine conditions.
“Residents are reminded that vehicles that are not involved in essential services are not permitted to be on the road.
“The State Standing Committee reminded the public that at its meeting of 25th April 2020, it tasked a group of senior officials to begin contemplating and planning for a post-lockdown scenario for Kaduna State. This sub-committee has since commenced work.
Almajiris Returned to Kaduna from Kano Test Positive for Coronavirus
“However, the five new Covid-19 cases in the state, all of whom are almajiris recently repatriated from Kano, underlines the continuing threat the Kaduna State faces from the increasing Covid-19 cases among its neighbours. Government has to note these dangers and act to contain the possibility of widespread community transmission.
“Details of the locations approved for the temporary neighbourhood markets and the rules of their operations are to be announced later.
“Persons who already run neighbourhood shops that sell food and provisions are allowed to open daily. However, traders in non-essential goods are advised to remain closed.
“The revised Quarantine Orders, due to be published tomorrow, will also detail the categories of persons, professions and businesses that are exempted from quarantine conditions”, the statement read.
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