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COVID-19: One Testing Center not Enough for Delta, IMG Tells Okowa

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Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa

The Isoko Monitoring Group, IMG has called on the Delta State government to establish another coronavirus testing center in Warri, saying that one center at Asaba cannot serve the entire State with over two million people.

IMG said this in a press release signed by its Spokesperson, Kingsley Oroh on Friday while commending the Governor of the State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for listening to its appeal made earlier by siting a testing center for the coronavirus disease at Asaba.

The statement said that a testing center in Warri would serve the large population of citizens in the area and its environs, especially now that several cases have been discovered in Warri.

It says: “The Isoko Monitoring Group (IMG) hereby commend Governor Ifeanyi Authur Okowa and the government of Delta State for the prompt response to our earlier request for COVID-19 Testing Centers to be established across the state.

“Penultimate this press release, IMG issued a press statement on 24th April, 2020 where IMG stated that the practice of transporting samples of COVID-19 patients from Delta to Edo State for testing was inappropriate, totally unacceptable and therefore implored the government to step up its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by setting up Testing Centers in the state. We commend the government for this prompt response which will no doubt strengthen our fight for survival against this invisible enemy.

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“Going by recent findings, Testing, Tracing and Treating, TTT, has been proven to be one of the best strategies to win the war against COVID-19 as the South Korean experience has clearly shown, but setting up one Testing Centre located in Asaba is inadequate to carry out the exercise to achieve same feat and on this premise, Delta State whose population is over 2million need more Testing Centres to efficiently curb the menace and stop its spread.

“We therefore ask the Delta State Government to establish more Testing Centres especially in Warri because of its strategic location and since it won’t take the state anything to install another testing centre, as most of the sample collection centers are closer to Warri than Asaba. The government must realize that prioritizing Testing is the best strategy to win this war and urge the government to be proactive in putting plans in place for additional bed spaces for COVID-19 patients as the number of patients continue to increase across the state.

“We also use this medium to commend all workers as they mark this year’s workers day especially those in essential services for their doggedness and sacrifices during this challenging times.

“The government must seize this opportunity of the workers day to provide packages to our frontline workers to keep them motivated in the fight against this invisible enemy.

“Finally, we want to commend the Isoko South and North LGAs chairmen for the Isoko COVID-19 Palliative fund initiative which no doubt had helped in no little way in ameliorating the suffering of our people occasioned by the lockdown.

“We hereby implore the LGA Chairmen to intensify their grassroots enlightenment and education campaigns to ensure that the desired behavioural change required of our people to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus are instilled in our people.”

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