The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has instructed its staff in Ibadan zonal office to go observe two-weeks isolation.
This directive arose as a result of a report that one of the NIPOST staff had been infected with COVID-19.
Franklin Alao, NIPOST’s corporate communications manager, in a statement on Monday, stated that the procedures for protecting the health of workers and those who transact businesses with the organisation nationwide remain sacrosanct.
“In reference to the COVID-19 scare that was reported in Ibadan zonal office, immediately the headquarters was informed by the zonal manager, the staff and all other staff members on the shift were directed to isolate for two weeks. And they have been in isolation for the past fourteen days,” the statement read.
“It should be stated categorically that part of the measures already in force by NIPOST was to create additional counters to accommodate the protocol of COVID-19 social distancing.
“The organisation has directed its staff at the zonal headquarters to expand the counters where customers come to patronise the postal services to ensure at least 2 metres distance.”
Alao declared that NIPOST was among government organisations allowed to operate as essential service providers, prompting it to create shifts for officers.
“It is imperative to assure the public that the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that the possibility of contracting the pandemic through the handling of mail and mail items is near-zero rates,” he added.
He, however, said this does not stop NIPOST from taking measures to minimise risk and secure the wellbeing of its workforce and customers, by staff wearing face masks, and using of hand sanitizer before and after handling mails and mail items.