- Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is a living proof to the popular saying that Doctors Save Lives
- The 60-year old graduate of medicine and surgery has invested heavily in healthcare and now Delta is prepared for the coronavirus pandemic
- Even with no case in Delta, the state government has 19 ventilators, purpose-built isolation centre and packaged incentives for health staff
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Tuesday, March 24 said the state government had acquired 19 ventilators, monitors and other critical equipment for the management of COVID-19 cases if it occurred in the state.
Okowa disclosed this in a statewide broadcast on the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world.
He announced that public gatherings, including burials, weddings, conferences and seminars, with over 20 persons in attendance should be suspended immediately.
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According to him, the ban is part of measures being put in place by the state government to protect the people from contracting the deadly coronavirus.
The governor also directed that civil servants from Grade Level 1-12 should stay at home till further notice.
He, however, stated that workers on essential services were exempt from the order, and urged Deltans to avoid non-essential travels in and outside the state.
His words: “We have taken certain steps to mitigate the impact if and when cases are detected in our state; a multi-sectoral committee has been put in place and the state emergency operation centre activated.
“Health staff have been selected and trained adequately, and the state government has completed a purpose-built isolation centre at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. The centre is ready for use.
“Three other Centres at the now completed Central Hospital, Asaba; Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara and Central Hospital, Warri, are being prepared as additional centres.
“To protect healthcare personnel and increase capacity, Personal Protective Equipment for health staff are in stock and we have continued to scout for more.
“The state government has also packaged incentives for critical health staff who will be engaged in COVID-19 treatment and management.
“In the last 48 hours, we have paid for and taken delivery of 19 Ventilators and a good number of Monitors for use by our medical staff.
“Other critical needs, including Dialysis machines, dedicated for COVID-19 case management will be installed.”
Governor Okowa had earlier directed the closure of all primary, secondary and tertiary schools in the state with effect from Thursday, March 26 for 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The governor 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.
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