Covid-19 Lockdown in Delta State Extended by Two Weeks- Gov Okowa.
By Fred Oghenesivbe Esq.
Governor of Delta State, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, today Tuesday 14th April, 2020, extended the stay at home order for another two weeks.
He gave the order in a state broadcast aired from Government House Asaba, this morning, pointing out that there is the need to intensify efforts in contacts tracing and ensure that the state becomes clean from the pandemic before suspending the order.
The governor appealed to all Deltans to cooperate with government in its deliberate efforts to fight against the spread of corona virus, and its foreseeable socioeconomic consequences in the state.
Gov Okowa thanked those who either made donations to the state food bank or cash deposits to designated bank accounts in Sterling Bank, Zenith Bank and United Bank for Africa, UBA.
He disclosed that these bank accounts were specially opened by Delta State Government, to enable wealthy individuals and corporate citizens make donations towards the provision of palliatives to cushion the effects of the stay at home order. Donors can also contact the Secretary to Delta State Government, SSG, and the Honourable Commissioner for Health.
Prospective cash donors are encouraged to walk into the banking halls of the above mentioned banks, request for (Government Covid-19 palliatives) bank account details and deposit their donations. Government and the governor monitors bank alerts per donation to ensure accountability and transparently.
Gov Okowa assured citizens and donors that the food items and cash donations shall be well utilised to cushion the harsh socioeconomic effects occasioned by the stay at home order.
“By the powers vested in me, I hereby extend the stay at home order for another two weeks, to enable us intensify contact tracing, bring those involved into the various isolation centres for proper case management by health professionals.
“I urged Deltans to comply with the order and be law abiding citizens throughout the next two weeks and always.
“Distribution and sharing of palliatives will be transparent and along federal ward channels among other distribution strategies already mapped out,” Okowa assured.
It will be recalled that the first phase of the stay at home order recorded three Covid-19 cases with one death.
The governor was furious over circumstances surrounding the second case and after proper investigation, ordered the immediate closure of the private hospital in Warri, for not referring the patient to the nearest Isolation centre on time and in line with Covid-19 prevention and case management guidelines.