The State Highly Infectious Diseases (Emergency, Prevention and Management) Bill passed by the Benue State House of Assembly, 2020.
The clauses were considered in committee of the whole chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Christopher Adaji, NAN reports.
House Committee Chairman Health and Human Services, Joseph Okponya, led the debate.
Okponya said it would prevent and contain the spread of highly infectious diseases such as coronavirus.
The bill issues regulations and guidance to residents and advises them that screening, monitoring and isolation are required.
It encapsulates restriction of movements of people, events, gatherings, commercial activities; prohibits hoarding of foodstuffs, drugs and other essential supplies.
The bill imposes restrictions on transportation, storage and disposal of COVID-19 victims and cautions against the transmission and spread of false information regarding the pandemic.
“It also aims at empowering and providing legal backing to the initiatives, activities and efforts of the Chief Executive Officer of the state, which is the Governor as well as the frontline health workers and practitioners that are directly involved in combating infectious diseases,” Okponya explained.
To curb the spread of highly the diseases, the State Governor would be empowered to create health service posts in the entrances and exits of Benue or other sections.