By Frank Iroro
A Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Health Monitoring, Dr Michael Nwoko, has said government efforts alone cannot curtail the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
Dr Nwoko, who was a guest on a radio audience participation programme in Asaba, said the citizens must endeavour to keep themselves safe by adhering to the stipulated measures as announced by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The SSA said Delta State had continued to flatten the curve in terms of number of cases on admission and discharged cases, pointing out that there were currently 1428 confirmed cases, 759 of them active, with over 630 discharged cases and 39 deaths.
According to him, Oshimili south had remained the epicenter with 453, followed by Warri South with 177, Uvwie 163, Sapele 136, Ughelli 126, Oshimili North 113, among others, revealing that so far the state had conducted about 5,550 tests, with 99% contact tracing success rate and over 9000 calls from residents.
On enforcement of safety protocols, Dr Nwoko said it was being carried out in places like bars, night clubs and hotels as well as among commercial bus drivers and Keke operators, adding that the state and local government authorities were adopting stringent measures to enforce compliance in market places and shops.
Dr. Nwoko noted that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa understood the enormity of the pandemic, and from the onset had been on top of the situation.
He said besides providing the necessary infrastructure and training personnel to handle cases, he had been calling on Deltans and residents of the state to take responsibility for their personal safety by complying with NCDC safety protocols.
“We believed in advocacy and sensitising the people, this should be a collective efforts of all because government cannot do it alone. The people must be involved to stem the spread of the pandemic.”
“I believe local government councils should enforce compliance at business centres, markets and such other places of interest. The most important message here is that as much as government is doing her best to curtail the spread, the people must play their part for their personal safety and the safety of their loved ones.”
“We must all accept the fact that coronavirus is real and in following laid down safety protocols to safeguard ourselves against the pandemic, we must adjust our social life and culture to contend with the novel virus ” Dr. Nwoko emphasized.