70 Persons Who Had Contacts With Covid-19 Patients Have Been Identified, Says Delta Governor

By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba

As the manhunt for persons who have had contacts with patients of Coronavirus pandemic patients in Delta State thickens, 46 out of the 70 identified persons have been placed on isolation.

In a statewide broadcast to update Deltans on the Coronavirus epidemic, the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, hinted that the search is on top gear to clampdown on the remaining 24 persons who are still at large.

The governor warned that any suspected case should be reported early enough, stressing that some persons have been isolated in their homes, following satisfaction from officials involved.

Okowa who sounded displeased with the manner health staff who placed their lives on the line for others were treated by security agents especially the police warned that doctors and other health workers should be treated with courtesy.

He tasked the police to allow passage to any health official who is able to produce his or her identification card.

"Treat all health staff with courtesy. Any with ID, please do not cause such any form of pains. Health staff and auxiliary nurses would be adequately remunerated" just as he cautioned health workers especially doctors that this is not the better times to think of strike actions as it is against the oath they swore to.

The governor who spoke tough following observed outlawed persons who take the evening to walk around and go to the beer parlours, directed the state Commissioner of Police to apprehend anyone caught as from 7:00pm to 7:00am.

"Because the law enforcement agencies tend to slow down in the evening, some people move to the beer parlours in the evening, I hereby direct the Commissioner of Police that as from 7:00pm to 7:00am, nobody is expected to be seen outside. Only persons with essential duties are expected to be seen", Okowa, warned.

The governor who also observed that some persons have taken going to the market to buy as a means of going about, noted: "the days of market are now Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays", calling on the chairmen of local government councils and their team to ensure strict compliance while calling on people to adhere to social distancing and other preventive measures.

"Public and private gathering remains banned within the next two weeks", Okowa, insisted.

On the food bank, the governor said "within the next 42 to 72 hours food would be sent to our Indigent people and we will use the federal wards. It is to all Deltans and not restricted to party politics. We will be accountable. We will ensure that the monies or the food items donated will be well taken care of", he assured.