Nimba Superintendent Announces Coronavirus Containment Measures

SANNIQUELLIE, Nimba – Nimba’s county superintendent, Nelson Korquoi, has urged security personnel assigned at the various border points and checkpoints in Nimba to thoroughly screen people traveling in and out of the county to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Korquoi wants security personnel to ensure that travelers at checkpoints have hand sanitizers and all necessary materials to prevent the spread of the virus.

He warned that those who will think that they are top officials and resist going through the screening processes will be quarantined by force, a reference to trending news stories of senior government officials evading quarantining.

“To avoid this embarrassment, I am asking all travelers to respect the security personnel and health workers assigned at the various borders and checkpoints,” the Nimba superintendent said.

Nimba has over 20 borders with Guinea and Ivory Coast. These countries have also already reported confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. Accordingly, the superintendent has also instructed local authorities within border communities to ensure that people entering from outside abide by the mandate of washing their hands and avoiding contact with others.

He also called on schools in the county to remain closed until the Ministry of Education deems it fit to reopen them.

Korquoi also ordered all football activities to be halted and called on video clubs and entertainment centers to reduce their attendance by half to avoid people gathering in mass.

An additional call he made was for drivers and motorcyclists to reduce the number of passengers, and for truck drivers to avoid piling large number of persons in their vehicles.

“I am instructing officers and health workers at the various checkpoints to arrest and quarantine people who will be caught in overcrowded vehicles,” he said.

Korquoi also appealed for concession companies and philanthropists to assist the county with funds and handwashing kits that can help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Featured photo by Jerry Myers

Jerry Myers

Jerry T. Myers, Jr. is a student of the Nimba County Community College, studying Natural Resource Management. Since 2008, Jerry has worked in the media sector, including at the Voice of Tappita community radio station, ELBC Radio, Radio Nimba, and New Public Trust Media Group. He is the current secretary-general of the Nimba Community Radio Association and a full member of the Press Union of Liberia.

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