Following the outbreak of dreaded Coronavirus disease also referred to as Coronavirus in Lagos, the Delta government, on Saturday, said it’s placed all health-related institutions and disease control mechanisms on alert in readiness for any possible explanation for the dreaded disease within the State.
Briefing newsmen in Asaba, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye said the state was prepared to curtail the disease if there’s an epidemic.
Ononye said the State has switched from watch mode to alert mode since the disease was recorded in Lagos. consistent with him, the team that successfully managed Lassa fever has built enough capacity and shown commitment to deal with any health challenge.
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Ononye said the seaports in Warri, Sapele, Koko, and Oghara are designated as holding centers for any possible outbreak, saying “all hospitals across the state are mandated to designate an isolated area as a prison for any case of Convid 19”.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu said the death rate of Convid 19 is 2.3%, adding that “is not a death sentence.
“It isn’t as bad as Ebola, and that we were ready to affect Ebola. As a state, we maintain international borders due to the airport and seaports, and therefore the disease is coming from outside, unlike Lassa fever.
“We have started screening at Asaba Airport but we would like to urge our people to not panic, they ought to set about their lawful businesses without entertaining fears”.
The Incident Manager, Delta State Response Management Centre, Dr. Anne Ojimba who said 82,294 Convid 19 cases have been recorded globally, said 2,804 deaths are thus far recorded.
While saying that the cases mostly occurred in China, Ojimba said: “there are reported cases in Algeria and Egypt, making Nigeria a high-risk nation”.
(2) Giving recommendations on the way to prevent the disease, Ojimba enjoined members of the general public to always engage in adequate and effective handwashing practices.
She told residents of the State to take care of 1.5 meters far away from a person coughing and urged those coughing to watch coughing etiquettes.
speaking further, Ojimba urged residents to avoid contact with persons suspected to be having respiratory disease, charging health institutions to require precautionary measures.
Delta is among the five high-risk states and Abuja for the airborne disease due to the supply of seaports and airports.