…As Okowa Makes Safety of Patients and Medical Personnel Priority
By James Ezema
As part of measures aimed at containing the spread of Coronavirus disease, also referred to as COVID-19, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools, both public and private schools.
The Street Reporters Newspaper gathered that the closure of the schools effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 and will last for 30 days in the first instance.
The Governor has put in place a state of the art medical isolation centre for the disease control in the state.
Accompanied by his Sokoto State counterpart, Rt .Hon. Aminu Tambuwal; Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, Delta Commissioner for Health; Dr. Mordi Ononye, and the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Dr. Victor Osiatuma , Governor Okowa inspected the newly built Infectious Diseases Isolation Centre in the state capital Asaba on Thursday.
The Sokoto State Governor commended his Delta counterpart for establishing an isolation centre and adopting other measures to check Coronavirus cases when detected in the state.
While fielding questions from newsmen after inspecting facilities at the centre located at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Tambuwal, who was in Delta to inaugurate two road projects – Mariam Babangida Way, Asaba and Ogwashi-Uku/Ubulu-Uno road, expressed joy that Okowa had taken proactive steps to ensure the safety of citizens.
In his words, “I have been in the state since morning; I have gone round and before now, I have been aware of the infrastructural developments being pursued and completed by the government of the state under the leadership of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa.
“I must commend him and his team for the transformation of the state in spite of paucity of funds and general economic depression; other sectors in the state are not suffering because he has achieved great results when it comes to job creation for the youths in the state.
“A lot of progress is ongoing in the state and the isolation centre will help to tackle the effects of Covid-19 which is affecting several nations globally and a lot of modifications have been made to accommodate patients, should there be victims of the disease in the state.
“With all the preparations being made, I believe that Delta State is getting ready for the virus and we hope that we shall not have any reason or cause to use this centre.
“On medical emergencies such as this, we do not look to one direction for solutions as it is our collective responsibility like Gov. Okowa is already taking preventive measures to tackle this crisis.
“This goes to show that it is our collective responsibility as leaders, to look after the welfare and wellbeing of our citizens,’’ Tambuwal said.
Urging leaders in the country to rise to the challenge of the global Coronavirus pandemic, Tambuwal said “I am appealing that as leaders, we should collectively rise to this challenge which is why when Governors of North West met in Kaduna, we resolved that public schools in the region be closed.
“We made sure that we took certain proactive measures which also includes coming up with isolation centres such as this.
“So, it is a collective responsibility of all, but, I will as well appeal to the Federal Government to do more, especially in terms of making the people to be aware of the dangers that Coronavirus truly pose.
“The government should take more drastic measures, such as closure of airports, to limit the entry of people into our nation”, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives said.
While responding to some question, Governor Okowa stated that the effects of the coronavirus on nations called for concern and that the isolation centre which had been established for such cases was important.
“We have just finished touring the isolation centre and a lot of modifications had to be made the moment the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) came and gave their advice on how best to tackle the disease.
“The modifications made will ensure the greater safety and care of patients as well as the medical staff that will be attending to them.
“It will also ensure that patients can safely interact with their visitors and family members without having to pass any infection to them, and with an incinerator provided, equipment used to treat any patient in this facility will be immediately incinerated to ensure proper care of patients,” Governor Okowa said.
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