The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the weekend deployed 250 anti-coronavirus personnel to enforce compliance to all directives by the Rivers State Government against the spread of the pandemic.
The state Commandant, NSCDC, Muktar Lawal, who spoke in Port Harcourt said the team comprised of specially selected and trained personnel of the corps who would join the team of security operatives of other formations in the state to curb the spread of the pandemic.
He said: “Our operations personnel have since been on vehicular and foot patrols to ensure the order on measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state is carried out …’’
“As measures taken to safeguard our personnel in the command from the Coronavirus pandemic, the medical team of the command had been mandated to carry out a test on body temperature of all incoming personnel including visitors coming into the command.’’
Lawal appealed to the people of Rivers to remain calm, observer personal hygiene and follow all the directives issued by the state Governor, Nyesom Wike.
He said: “As enshrined in the core mandate of NSCDC, during this period of emergency, the command has embarked on sensitisation campaigns within the state on the need to observe basic hygiene of regular washing of hands, frequent use of sanitizers as well as keeping unwashed hands from face or nose”.
Lawal said the Disaster Management Operatives was constituted in line with the directive of the corps’ Commandant-General, Abdullahi Mohammadu, and the personnel were deployed in 23 local government areas in the state to respond speedily to the Coronavirus emergency situations across the state.