. Gov says index case has been in state for weeks, but goes tough on defaulters
By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has dismissed the rumour that a member of the state House of Assembly has contracted Coronavirus, describing the rumour as unfair and untrue.
No member of the House of Assembly has contracted Covid-19; it is important that I put the records right, but whosoever that contracts it, it is not a death sentence neither should any person be stigmatized in any form, he said.
News had gone viral that the alleged member of the state Assembly from Warri axis, imported the virus into the state having travelled back from Liberia. The said lawmaker immediately reacted and said he was never tested positive for the virus.
Gov Okowa dismissed the rumour during a statewide broadcast, Wednesday, following the announcement of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday, April 7, confirming that an index case of the virus had been recorded in the state.
He announced that the patient who was the index case confirmed by the NCDC, had already been moved into one of the four management centres of the virus in the state.
Okowa who could not reveal the identity of the patient, said, “It is not for me to release the name; it is for me to pass information that needs to be passed to Deltans but, the person did not come from another state during the lockdown; he has been within the state in the last few weeks”, he said.
All we owe such persons is to pray for them for speedy recovery, he added.
He explained, “At the moment, we are doing our tracking; we are getting more information on the case and when we have more information we would be able to communicate to the state, but, it is the right of that person only to be able to publicly tell us that he or she is infected.
“As at today, we have four management centers and each of the centers also has its isolation wards; we have holding centers in several other places where persons who are initially suspected to have contracted the virus can be kept.
He said that the centres included the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, built by the state, the Central Hospital, Asaba, Oghara Teaching Hospital, and the Warri Central Hospital.
The governor threatened to apply stricter measures to check disobedience of the state government’s directives on the lockdown in the state over the COVID-19 pandemic.