As COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage Delta State and other parts of the country, the Chairman of Isoko North Local Government Council, Hon. Emmanuel Egbabor has called on residents of the area to always observe all precautionary measures in order to checkmate community transmission of the virus.
In a statement on Saturday at Ozoro, the Council headquarters, the Chairman noted that the level of infection was on the rise due to the lackadaisical attitude of people who erroneously believe that the pandemic was a scam.
He said a total of 21 local government areas have been affected by the virus with Isoko North recording two confirmed cases according to State’s Ministry of Health.
While saying that his administration is doing everything possible to control the spread in the area, Hon. Egbabor appealed to residents of the local government to avoid large gathering of people especially in burials, marriages, markets, churches etc, so as to mitigate the spread of the disease.
“Already, the virus has entered community transmission stage because of the failure of people to observe prescribed protocols such as wearing of face mask in public places, physical distancing, regular hand washing with running water and soap as well as the use of sanitisers among other measures to keep the virus in check.
“I advise our people to be cautious because the treatment and isolation centres are already being overwhelmed with patients.
“Let me emphasise that caution is needed to manage the alarming rate of infection and transmission across 21 local government areas.
“As at today, the state now have a total confirmed cases of 781 infections while 585 are active, 174 successfully treated and discharged, unfortunately 22 persons have so far died from the dreaded virus, while in Isoko North, we have recorded 2 confirmed cases according to the State Ministry of Health.
“Let us be at alert at all times, if you are feeling ill quickly report at the nearest government hospital as early reporting and testing is key to the prompt treatment of the virus. No one should stay back at home for fear of stigmatization as it does not call for that nothing that the virus can be treated when reported early”.
“It is important that if you have any symptoms of the disease you should go to the hospital for treatment before you become a big risk to your family members, friends and colleagues.
“I want to plead with Isoko North people to adhere strictly to the laid down protocols for managing the transmission of the disease, it can affect anybody irrespective of age, position or class, however, the elderly and people with underline health cases are more at risk of the virus,” Egbabor stated.