FROM 1,464 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with only 120 as active and 1,303 cases successfully treated, Delta State governor Ifeanyi Okowa is beating his chest as the state looks like fighting off COVID-19, especially with a low death rate of 41 lives lost.
Okowa’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, attributes the significant drop in active cases of COVID-19 to effective contact-tracing and adequate treatment of patients.
In an interview on Arise News Television monitored via Webex in Asaba, the CPS lauded the principles of early and increased detection in the treatment of cases.
He said that the state government is committed to reducing the community transmission of the virus by intensifying enforcement of health protocols and prosecuting defaulters.
Despite the seven well-equipped isolation and treatment centres in the state, the government adopted the home-care treatment for the majority of asymptomatic cases to avoid congestion at the centres.
Ifeajika disclosed that the spike came when the virus entered the community transmission stage, but he commended health workers for their dedication in handling the cases.
He said: “We used to take our samples to Irrua in Edo State and this contributed to delay, but with our testing laboratory in Asaba, the turn-around time has improved.
“It has given room now for testing more numbers. We have tested no fewer than 6,234 cases.
“The number of personnel, level of sensitisation and effective contact-tracing, which stands at 99 per cent has helped us.
“People are voluntarily coming out to be tested. Some come out without feeling unwell just to know their status. It is helping in curtailing the transmission of the virus.”
He said that despite the easing of the lockdown and lifting of the ban on inter-state movement, the state maintained some checkpoints to enforce compliance with the protocols like wearing of face masks and observing physical distancing in public.