DELTA STATE IS EFFECTIVELY CURTAILING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 –
DR. MICHAEL NWOKO
By Frank Iroroh.
The Senior Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on Health Monitoring and member, Delta State COVID-19 Enforcement committee in charge of border health surveillance, Dr. Michael Nwoko has stated that Delta State Government under the dynamic leadership of His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa is effectively curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the State through effective border surveillance and contact tracing for persons of interest in areas where cases have been reported.
Dr Nwoko, stated this while responding to questions from the anchors of Arise TV News, Morning Show, a virtual interactive section which was held on Thursday 21st May. The SSA who has been at the front line since the outbreak of the pandemic, used the opportunity to give details of the State Government COVID-19 response to the global community.
Below is the excerpt of the interview.
How would you see the response of Delta State Government to the Covid-19 crisis?
Thank you very much for that question. Delta State Government has responded proactively to curtail the spread of the global pandemic, right from the month of March when the outbreak was reported in parts of the country.
It is worthy of note that the Delta State Governor, Sen. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is a Medical Doctor who understands the nature of the public health crisis we are dealing with right now and so from day one, he swung into action and introduced measures to guarantee the safety of all residents of the State.
His approach have been systematic, and in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), protocols.
The first step he took was to introduced temperature checks on people who were coming to the State through the ports (airports and seaports) in the State. As the outbreak increased in number in different parts of the country, His Excellency, the Governor announced the closure of borders and ports allowing movement of those on essential journey only.
This was followed by the sit at home order and the introduction of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the State. These COVID-19 preventive measures includes social distancing, use of facemask, regular washing of hands with soap under running water and prohibition of neighborhood clustering.
When an index case was reported in the State, the Governor announced a dust to dawn curfew and activated mobile Courts across the 3 Senatorial districts in the State to prosecute violators of the State Government’s order while disease surveillance officers were deployed to carry out contact surveillance for persons of interest.
Intensive sensitisation of the residents of the State were simultaneously carried out in all the media houses, through religious organizations and traditional institutions in the State.
Delta State is one of the first States to introduce border closure and total lockdown of the State as part of precautionary measures to curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
What preparation were put in place by Delta State to contain the spread of the outbreak in the State, what are the facilities in place in the State to manage COVID-19 cases?
The approach of Delta State Government to curtailing and containing the pandemic has been systematic and simultaneous.
Whilst necessary preventive measures were being implemented to guarantee the safety of all residents of the State, there has been training and retraining of health care workers involved in incident and case management, private practitioners as well as disease surveillance officers in order to enhance the capacity of the State to manage cases and carry out contact surveillance.
The State Government has also built and equipped isolation and treatment Centres across the State, at the Federal Medical Centre, (FMC) Asaba, at the Specialist Hospital, Asaba, Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) Oghara, Central Hospital Warri and at the NYSC orientation camp at Issele-Uku. As we speak, another treatment and isolation facility is being set up at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
So Delta State is adequately prepared to contain the pandemic.
Delta State has 31 index cases of Covid-19, 12 discharged and 6 recorded deaths. Going by the proportion, 6 fatalities seems very high, what could be the reasons for the high fatality?
Those who died have prevailing health conditions. As reported across the globe, COVID-19 complicates existing systemic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension etc… and has therefore brought about increased fatalities globally.
So, it is not peculiar to Delta State. It is a global phenomenon.
Thank you Dr Michael Nwoko for having you on our platform today and for your robust COVID-19 update from Delta State.
It is my pleasure to be with you today. Thank you….