Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
By Martins Jones
ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State government as part of the efforts to check the spread the Corinavirus disease spreading fast in the country, had ordered civil servants on Grade Level 1-12 to remain at home, and making ready three medical facilities in Warri, Asaba and Oghara, and purchase of medical equipment to take care of any case that will be referred to the centres.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed this in a radio and television broadcast on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, in Asaba on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
He stated that this directive will only affect those not on essential duties.
“All workers on grade levels 1 -12 (except those on essential duties (Health Staff, Fire Services, Water Corporation/agencies) are to stay at home effective 26th March, 2020.”
He directed that for the period, all biometric operations at all level will be suspended.
“Biometric operations at all levels of Government are hereby suspended till further notice.”According to him, the ban is part of measures being put in place by the state government to protect the people from contracting the deadly coronavirus which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He stated that staff have been selected and trained adequately, as three Isolation Centres are been built in central Hospital Asaba, Delta State Teaching Hospital Oghara, and the Warri central Hospital.
“Health staff have been selected and trained adequately, and the State Government has completed a purpose-built Isolation Centre at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. The centre is ready for use.
“Three other Centres at the now completed Central Hospital, Asaba; Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara and Central Hospital, Warri, are being prepared as additional centres.
“To protect healthcare personnel and increase capacity, Personal Protective Equipment for health staff are in stock and we have continued to scout for more.