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Delta insures 2,557 health workers

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Delta State Government has commenced life insurance for 2,557 health workers to motivate them as they remain at the frontline in the battle against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

It has also begun active case search in six councils to check community transmission of the virus in the state. Disclosing this yesterday in Asaba at a news briefing by the Technical Committee on COVID-19 Response, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, said their main focus were Uvwie, Udu, Warri South, Ughelli South, Okpe, Oshimili South and Oshimili North councils where all the cases emanated from.

According to him, with emphasis on 19 wards where cases of the pandemic has been recorded, the state has collected 425 samples, tested 386, recorded 27 positive cases and discharged 12, with five deaths and 10 active cases currently being managed in isolation centres.

Flanked by his information counterpart, Charles Aniagwu, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Minnie Oseji, the commissioner commended the health workers for their tireless efforts in the fight against the pandemic.

Ononye urged Deltans to shun stigmatisation of COVID-19 patients because of its negative impact on the willingness of people to attend hospitals for care or show up for testing.

In another vein, Akwa Ibom State Government has threatened to withdraw the licence of any private school that reopens for the third term of the 2019/2020 school year either in school environment or online.

It also vowed to prosecute defaulters.The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien, disclosed this yesterday during interactive session of Akwa Ibom State Think-tank on Education with stakeholders.He said that government would announce the resumption of both public and private schools in the state when it was convinced of safety of the children.

Essien disclosed that the ongoing School-on-Radio programme for Junior Secondary III and Senior Secondary III in the state was put in place to help the students prepare for their external examinations, adding that government had also commenced the School-Radio programme for primary schools.

He added that later in the week there would be a special website where all the lessons on radio would be hosted to enable students revise and download both audio and lecture notes.

His words, “No school, both public and private, is authorised to start the third term of 2019/2020 school year, either in school environment or online. Resumption of schools will be announced when government is convinced that our children will be safe in schools.”


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