Create isolation centres in offices, FG orders MDAs

FG urges MDAs to create isolation centres in offices
Emeh Joy

The Federal Government has released guidelines for Ministries, Departments and Agencies on further steps to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, especially in the workspace. Among the guidelines is to create isolation centres in the offices.

The government, as part of the measures, has asked all MDA's to create isolation centres in their offices for those who get sick while at work.

The guidelines contained in a document titled, "Guideline on the control of COVID-19 service wide" and was prepared by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation.

The office explained that the guidelines were compiled because there is the need to reduce the effects of the pandemic on government businesses and also on the public by curbing the spread of the virus in all MDAs.

The guidelines it said were developed so as to complement the efforts of the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The document suggested that MDAs "designate holding area(s) with closable doors, which will serve as isolation room(s) until potentially sick people can be safely moved from the workplace to the health facility".

It further directed that MDAs "discourage workers from sharing work tools, equipment and items like computers, phones etc.

There should also be frequent cleaning and disinfection of work surfaces, with close attention to be paid to high-contact objects like door handles, elevator buttons, handrails, keyboards, toilets, sinks etc.

The document also directed tat those who feel sick or who have family members that are sick, especially respiratory-related should not come to work.

Such workers should contact their supervisors with a view to getting the necessary approvals in line with the Public Service Rule as well as contact the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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