COVID-19; NO NEED TO PANIC, OUR HEALTH TEAM IS COMBAT READY – DR. MICHAEL NWOKO
By Jerry Onwuma
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa on Health Monitoring, Dr. Michael Nwoko has called on members of the public to be calm and not panic as the health team in Delta State is combat ready and all hands are on deck in case of any emergency outbreak of the dreaded corona virus (COVID-19) in the State.
Dr. Nwoko dropped this hint over the week when some journalists from NTA, Asaba paid him a visit at his office in Asaba.
Dr. Nwoko stated that following the outbreak of the corona virus in Lagos, Nigeria, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the State was immediately activated on Coronavirus with adequate training of health workers deployed to the center to effectively execute the protocol on coronavirus in order to avoid the spread of the disease to Delta State.
According to him, all machinery has been put in place following the instructions of his Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa towards ensuring that necessary precautionary measures are put in place to ensure the safety of residents of the State following the outbreak of Coronavirus in Lagos, Nigeria.
He added that about two weeks ago, the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emordi Ononye and himself were at the Asaba International Airport to supervise and ensure proper training of health workers, inspect facilities on ground and test run some the gadgets provided.
He noted that with the strategic position of Delta State, it was crucial to ensure there was an adequate and necessary precautionary measures at the key ports of entry (the airports and sea ports) to ensure the killer disease does not hit the State.
He recalled that in December and late January, there was laser fever outbreak in the State and immediately, an emergency operations Centre (EOC) under the public health department in ministry of health was activated and the outbreak was fully managed and the disease was eventually brought under full control.
He then added that the State health team was fully prepared and combat ready as similar strategy has been put in place in case of any emergency and that even a greater vigor and energy will be deployed to tackle such situation as such there was no need to create any panic situation in the State.
Dr. Nwoko aslo added that himself and members of the Health Monitoring team were in warri about a week ago for two days to ensure that the protocol on coronavirus is executed at the Osubi airport and sea port in Warri.
He called on the members of the public to play their part by ensuring they become more cautious of their immediate environments.
“In case of strange and unusual manifestation of symptoms by individuals around, such cases should be reported to the nearest hospital or the Emergency Operation Centre.
” personal hygiene must be maintained always,
“ensure regular washing of hands with soap and running water at intervals, and in between meetings and activities.
those who can afford hand sanitizers should get it, especially the ones with 60% alcohol and above as it has been proven to be very potent in decontaminating the hands against the virus”
Dr. Nwoko concluded.