Dr. NWOKO AGAIN ADVOCATES FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE COVID-19
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko has again reiterated the need for all residents to consciously adopt personal hygiene as precautionary measure in dealing with the coronavirus disease.
Dr. Nwoko stated this yesterday in his office in an interview with news men from Delta broadcasting service Asaba who were in his office for an update on the readiness and preparedness of Delta State against any possible outbreak of the corona virus disease in the State.
While responding to some of the questions raised by the crew, Dr. Nwoko stated that his Excellency, the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa is totally committed towards ensuring the safety of all residents of Delta State following the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Lagos, Nigeria.
He said, the State government has through the State ministry of health, activated the State emergency operations centre on coronavirus, and a number of precautionary measures has been put on ground by health workers deployed to serve at the centres to ensure the safety of residents of the State and of course their own safety too.
He enumerated some of the precautionary measures to include;
Regular hand washing with clean water and soap, preferably runing water, which he advised should be done regularly, in between meetings and activities.
Use of hand sanitizers, especially the ones with over 60 to 70% alcohol, which he said has been proven to be very potent in decontaminating the the hands against the virus.
He also added that individuals should keep social distances, a minimum of at least 5fts from the next person, and avoid large gatherings.
Continuing, Dr Nwoko strongly recommended the need for individuals to as a matter of necessity, embrace what he referred to as respiratory hygiene;
by ensuring proper mouth covering during coughing or sneezing, and also by using disposable wipe, which should be discarded properly immediately after use.
He equally advised residents of the state to be more cautious of their environments at this time, so as to note manifestation of unusual symptoms by people around them; neighbors, colleagues, business associate’s and report any of such manifestations to the emergency operations committee.
He gave hot lines which members of the public can contact immediately should there be any suspected case of the coronavirus disease.
He listed some of these symptoms to include;
Sneezing, coughing, difficulty in breathing etc.
He also advised members of the public not to speculate, and spread rumors, so as not to cause panic, which could lead to confusion.
He warned against the idea of rushing to post unverified information on social media, rather such information should be 1st verified from the emergency operations committee.
Dr. Nwoko further added that, currently, the health workers deployed to serve at the emergency operations centre have been receiving various trainings on how to manage the corona virus disease, ensuring it doesn’t spread to Delta State, and if at all, it does, the State heath team was combat ready, he assured.
He equally reemphasized the need for all residents of the state to see the fight against COVID-19 as a collective fight for all, by ensuring they play their part and not just for the State government, or the health workers alone. Dr. Nwoko concluded. K