COVID-19: Gov Okowa orders closure of schools in Delta state

COVID-19: Gov Okowa orders closure of schools in Delta state

- The Delta state government has ordered the closure of schools within its domain

- The action is aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus in the state

- The government has also established a purpose-built and well-equipped isolation centre in the event a case is recorded in Delta state

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed the closure of all primary, secondary and tertiary schools in Delta state with effect from Thursday, March 26 for 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Okowa gave the directive in a state broadcast in Asaba on Friday, March 20, stressing that the decision was aimed at preventing possible spread of the virus.

He stated that even though Delta was free from the coronavirus, it was pertinent to take precautionary measures to ensure that the pandemic does not come to Delta.

The governor assured that the state government had taken several measures, including the establishment of a purpose-built and well-equipped isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre in Asaba to handle any emergency, to guard against further spread of the virus.

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COVID-19: Gov Okowa orders closure of schools in Delta state

Inside the isolation centre in the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.
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He added that the state government was assisting in the local production of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, assuring that his administration would not spare any effort or resource to ensure the health, safety and protection of Deltans.

“We have embarked on training of healthcare personnel to work at the isolation ward, training and engagement of 129 Red Cross workers across the state is currently on-going.

“We have identified and established holding rooms in all zonal and all state hospitals across the state as well as training of five members of the rapid response team in each local government area,’’’ he added.

Meanwhile, the governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, on Thursday, March 19 commended Governor Okowa for establishing an isolation centre and adopting other measures to check coronavirus case when detected in the state.

He made the commendation in Asaba while fielding questions from journalists after inspecting facilities at the centre.

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COVID-19: Gov Okowa orders closure of schools in Delta state

Governor Okowa conducted his Sokoto state counterpart round the facility.
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Tambuwal, who was in Delta to inaugurate two road projects, expressed joy that Okowa had taken proactive steps to ensure the safety of citizens.

He described the governor as a workaholic, who believed in the delivery of democratic dividends.

His words: “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 Governor Okowa is already taking preventive measures to tackle this crisis.’’

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Similarly, the Osun government has ordered the closure of all public gathering including churches, mosques and schools in the state to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

The order was contained in a statement on Thursday, March 19 by the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola and sent to the media by his spokesman, Ismail Omipidan.

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