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Delta State Government has placed all health-related institutions and disease control mechanisms in the state on red alert in readiness for any possible case of the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Yesterday’s alert followed the reported case in Lagos on Thursday, as Delta is among the five high-risk states for the airborne disease because of the availability of seaports and airport.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, while addressing journalists in Asaba yesterday, said the state had switched from watch mode to alert mode due to the reported Lagos case.

He said: “The team that successfully managed Lassa fever has built enough capacity and shown commitment to address any health challenge. The seaports in Warri, Sapele, Koko and Oghara have been designated as holding centres for any possible outbreak.”

All hospitals across the state have been mandated to designate an isolated area as detention centre for any case of the dreaded disease, he added.

The Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, also allayed fears of residents, saying COVID-19 was not a death sentence, and that the fatality rate was 2.3 per cent.

The Incident Manager, Delta State Response Management Centre, Dr. Anne Ojimba, said 82,294 COVID-19 cases had been recorded globally, resulting in 2,804 deaths.

Similarly, Oyo State government has said the state is also on the alert, though no case has been reported in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Basir Bello, who stated this yesterday during a press briefing at the Ministry of Health, the Secretariat, Ibadan, said the state would be collaborating with health agencies to ensure that nobody contracted the virus.

He expressed the preparedness of the state to ensure the virus did not come to the state, saying a single case would be treated as an emergency.

“At this point, the Ministry of Health wishes to inform the general public that despite the report of a confirmed case in our sister state, the disease is presently not within the precinct of Oyo.”

Meanwhile, Kebbi State government has organised a protection training in Birnin Kebbi for all health workers in the state.

Addressing the press in his office yesterday, the permanent secretary and Medical Director in charge of Sahyah General Hospital, Dr. Aminu Bunza, said the training was aimed at enlightening all the medical professionals on how to handle Lassa fever and coronavirus cases.


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