Bayelsa government and Cross Rivers government took to action as the rally to sensitize communes on COVID-19. NobleReporters report
The Bayelsa Government has embarked on street-to-street and market-to-market campaign in the state to create awareness on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dr Martins Bekesu, Executive Secretary, State Primary Healthcare Baord, said at the commencement of the campaign on Wednesday in Yenagoa that the exercise was to enlighten the public on the deadly virus.
Bekesu said the campaign tagged: “Say No to Coronavirus’’ would be taken to all nooks and crannies of the state, including homes, motor parks, churches and other areas.
“Today, Wednesday, we are flagging-off an awareness campaign on Coronavirus . I must inform you that the state government is building a strong surveillance and public health system to control the spread of the virus.
“I join all citizens of Nigeria, who are resident in Bayelsa in the fight against Coronavirus through detecting and prompt reporting to the Epidemiology Division of the state Ministry of Health for quick response.
“On protection: wash your hands frequently with soap or use alcoholic based sanitiser when there is no water.
“Cover your mouth and nose properly with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing.
“Dispose tissue paper after use. Avoid contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness like cough and sneezing among others,’’ he said.
Dr Yerinbuluemi Stowe, Director of Public Health in the state, said the campaign was to educate the people on the disease.
“Many are yet to believe that the disease is real but with this awareness campaign in the villages, markets and parks, they will understand that COVID-19 is real. Let us say no to deadly virus.
“The state government has also trained health officers across the eight Local Government Areas on possible means of preventing and controlling the disease,’’ Stowe said.
With WHO declaring Corona Virus (COVID-19) a Global Pandemic and barely 24hrs ago Nigeria recorded another case of Corona virus in Lagos different from index case, the CRSMOH under the leadership of the workaholic and assiduous Commissioner Dr Betta Edu has called on Cross Riverians to be on alert and report any suspected case to the State Ministry of Health. She advised that for this period the Ministry of Health must be notified of every big meeting, gathering or event to enable us deploy teams that will screen everyone going into the event. As much as possible we must avoid big gatherings.
She has asked that Cross Riverians especially children and the elderly should avoid foreign trips for now except they are very essential. People having signs and symptoms should self Isolate and immediately call for evaluation and movement to the isolation center. If you see any suspected case of fever, headache, cough, sneezing, etc should report.
In collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) Cross River State Chapter has taken the sensitization awareness campaign for COVID-19, LASSA FEVER, and other Viral Diseases to the highly populated Etim Edem Park and Marian Market.
An event which had the Health Boss Dr Betta Edu, the DG CRSPHCDA Dr Janet Ekpenyong, WHO representative Dr Raju, the State Epidemiologist Mrs Inyang Ekpenyong and other important health personnel recorded success as the Honorable Commissioner for Health in her usual way sensitized the masses on the possible preventive measures with the good news of the State being free of the said virus.
She listed all necessary efforts put forth by the State Government to curb/manage any case. She threw more light on the equipment of the Isolation Center at UCTH to a WHO approved standard and the desire of Sen Prof Ben Ayade to keep doing more..
The DG CRSPHCDA Dr Janet Ekpenyong advised market men and women on regular hand washing to avoid contacting this viral diseases. She solicited that anyone with symptoms relating to what they’ve just be sensitized about should visit the nearest health facility or call the State Epidemiologist on 08038699957 as the State is prepared to tackle any suspected case.
The exercise ended with a practical demonstration led by the commissioner on hand washing and hand sanitization as thousands of hand sanitizers were being shared to the masses who applauded the State Governor with the regular shout of DIGITAL! DIGITAL!! DIGITAL!!! AYADE IS WORKING!!