The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Delta State on Thursday continued its Community Based COVID – 19 Sensitization Campaign with a visit to the palace of the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Major General Felix Mujakpero (retired)
The sensitization team was led by the Acting State Director of NOA, Delta State, Mr. Chris Anyabuine, accompanied by the Delta State WAI Brigade Commander.
Addressing the monarch and his people, the State NOA boss thanked them for the warm reception accorded the team and commended the traditional institution in the state for partnering with government in the fight against COVID – 19 .
He harped on the reality of the Coraonavirus, as against the erroneous belief that it was a myth, a fiction or a scam and called on Deltans, particularly in the rural communities, to embrace behavioral, value and attitudinal change as prescribed by the NCDC.
Mr. Anyabuine said people should improve on their personal safety and hygiene by ensuring regular hand washing with soap under running water, avoiding hand shake and hugging, wearing face masks in public places and maintaining social and physical distancing to curtail communty transmission of the virus.
He advised that anyone who presented with Covid 19 symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, severe coughing , fever and back ache, should seek urgent medical attention or call the Delta State Covid 19 Hotlines for help.
The State NOA helmsman commended the Ordje for instituting robust COVID – 19 protocols in his palace, particularly the ban on breaking, sharing and eating of cola nuts and urged him and other traditional rulers in the state to ensure the provision of hand washing facilities in the markets and schools when eventually reopened.
Responding, the Okpe monarch, Major General Felix Mujakpero (retired), thanked Delta State NOA for the sensitization visit and commended the state government for its efforts at winning the war against COVID – 19.
The royal father appealed to government to ensure stricter enforcement of precautionary measures to curtail community transmission of COVID – 19, which had led to increasing number of new infections in the state of late.
The Orodje promised to continue to sensitize his people on the need to stay safe.