By Kemi Issac, Asaba
As Delta state recorded her index case of Coronavirus, Governor of the state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has assured residents of the state that his government will make facemasks massively available for all to use at no coast.
Okowa made this known while addressing the state on Wednesday in Asaba in a live broadcast about the index case in efforts to contain the pandemic.
The governor announced that the State has also joined other states in Nigeria with covid-19 pandemic case on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, saying the patient had already been moved into one of the four management centres of the virus in the state.
According to him, the patient has been in Delta for weeks back, he did not just came in from another state during the course of the lockdown.
Okowa said, “at the moment, we are doing our tracking; we are getting more information on the case and when we have more information we would be able to communicate to the state, but, it is the right of that person only to be able to publicly tell us that he or she is infected.
“It is not for me to release the name; it is for me to pass information that needs to be passed to Deltans but, the person did not come from another state, he has been within the state in the last few weeks.
“I also want to use this opportunity to appeal to all Deltans to pray for our health staff and to support them to succeed.
Okowa however, frowned to defaulter of stay at home order noting that it is “Unfortunately, few persons have tended to disobey orders” appealing to every Deltan that from today onwards until the 14 days, to please, for the sake of everyone, for the sake of humanity, obey the orders of government.
He warned that anyone who is caught flouting the will be caught up by the arms of the law.
“We must try to refrain from using our unwashed hands to touch the eyes or the mouth or the nose because if your hand is already contaminated, it is an easy way of getting the virus into your system.
“For those who have cough, please, stay at home and if you need to cough, cough into your bended elbow and if you cannot do that, get a piece of tissue and cough closing your mouth; that tissue must be immediately discarded and your hands must be washed.
“For those who feel sick or having a fever or cough or you feel breathless or unable to breathe, it is important that you do not hide yourself at home; call the numbers we have released to each and every one of us and those numbers have also been released to all our council chairmen.
“The numbers are 08031230480, 08031230481, 08031230528, and 08031230529; you can call any of these four numbers and you will be directed on what to do.
“And, in the absence of those, call your local government council chairman who will be able to direct you appropriately or call your councillor, who have been instructed by the council chairman and they will also direct you on what to do.
“You may also call your doctor, but, we want to urge that for those who have the symptoms, including fever, cough and breathlessness, as much as possible, it is best to call these numbers or any of these persons.
“If you know the executive secretary of your local health authority in the council or the disease surveillance officer, call them because, we do not want patients just running in to every private clinic or medicine shop who may not be able to manage you or know exactly what to do,” he added.
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