The Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Charles Aniagwu has again reiterated the need for all Deltans to adopt personal responsibility with regard the maintenance of all laid down health protocols in the pursuit of our goal of flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve.
The Commissioner gave this admonition today during a press briefing to appraise Deltans on the efforts of the state government in the fight against the COVID-19 virus as well as to invest Chief Austin Eruotor, the discharged COVID-19 index case in Delta as the Covid-19 Ambassador of the state, at the Government House Press Centre, Asaba.
Mr Aniagwu stated that the media plays a pivotal role in the mobilizing the people to join hands with Government through adequate sensitization of members of the society, noting that the increase in the number of cases could be attributed to inadequate sensitization, disregard and non-observance of laid down protocols.
The Commissioner urged Deltans to take personal responsibility for their wellbeing as well as those of others around them, by ensuring the strict observance of all protocols put in place to reduce and eradicate the effects of the pandemic.
To this end the Commissioner reiterated the commitment of the State Governor Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa to the prevention of further spread of the pandemic amongst Deltans, by the appointment of the index case in Delta, Chief Austin Eruotor as the Delta State Covid-19 Ambassador, to join the Government in educating Deltans about the reality of the Covid-19 virus and the need for all to maintain all standards established to check and control the spread of the virus.
On stigmatization of victims of the virus, Mr Aniagwu urged members of society to desist from ostracizing patients as the disease is not a death sentence and the patients once recovered can go ahead to lead normal lives.
The Commissioner also warned against the self-administration of drugs, saying that it leads to more complications stressing that early reporting to appropriate quarters is advised for proper medical attention to save the life of the patient.
While reemphasizing that the state government’s ban on interstate movement was still in force, free movement of certain categories of workers, businessmen and goods would still be allowed as long as they were on the essential services list.
© Christian Onwugbolu