…But worried about rising cases of COVID-19

By Jon Egie

 

Hon Charles Aniagwu middle, flanked by members of DOPF and CPS to the governor shortly after the meeting in Asaba

The administration of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State is committed to the health care of citizens of the state, the state government has assured.

The assurance was given by the Commissioner of Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu durin an interactive session with members of the Delta Online Publishers’ Forum (DOPF) in Asaba.

 

Aniagwu said aside infrastructure development with a record 400 roads across the three senatorial districts of the state; the government is contributing immensely to the health scheme of the state and thereby making health care affordable to the average Deltan.

 

But government is worried about the rising number of patients of COVID-19 in the state and hence has appealed to the people of Delta state to follow the health protocols prescribed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the government as part of strategies to combat the lethal coronavirus pandemic.

 

According to him, the confirmed cases in Delta state have risen to 88 with 63 active, 17 discharged and eight deaths recorded, a situation that given the state government and health officials cause to worry.

With the development, the state government is insisting that every resident in Delta should use facemasks, hand sanitisers and the hand washing recommended by the health authorities as well as avoid crowded places and maintain spacing between people in all interactions.

He expressed displeasure over the COVID-19 patient whose mobilized his relations to storm and remove him forcefully from the isolation centre, saying everyone who knew him should stay away from him to avoid being infected by the coronavirus. He advised Deltans stop playing politics with the virus, adding that COVID-19 is not fake but real.

He commended members of the Delta Online Publishers Forum for publicizing the activities of the state government, saying the governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, is happy with what members of the forum are doing for the state.

He commended members of DOPF for their support to the Okowa administration saying that the online publications were doing a great job like their counterparts in the mainstream media.

 

Chairman of the forum, Mr. Emmanuel Enebeli, in his response told the commissioner that members of DOPF have been supportive of the programmes of government in the state assuring that as trained journalists, “we make effort to verify stories before going to press”.