COVID - 19 : Delta People Want Okowa To Reveal Identity Of Index Case, Provide Palliative Measures - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

COVID - 19 : Delta People Want Okowa To Reveal Identity Of Index Case, Provide Palliative Measures

... As man slumps, died inside Igbudu market, Warri 


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By our reporter in Asaba

Tracing of the primary and secondary contacts of the first index COVID - 19 case in Delta State begins on Wednesday with some residents of Asaba, the state capital, calling on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to disclose the identity of the affected person.

The residents who spoke with our reporter under anonymity, said disclosing the index case and where the patient was discovered would not only help in social distancing, but also enable people who might have had contacts with the person to willingly come forward early enough to obtain appropriate attention from Government engaged healthcare workers.

The Daily Crucible  recalls that Okowa who announced the discovery of the index case yesterday evening in a state broadcast, took one of his official social media platforms earlier today to also inform the Delta citizens and residents that Tracing Contacts of the index case had commenced.

"A little while ago, in a state broadcast, I announced that the index case of the COVID19 virus in Delta State is being treated at one of our four emergency management centers. 

"Additionally, we have already started the contact tracing process.

"Unlike the false reports that have been spread on social media, Delta  State's index case has been in the state prior to the lockdown. This is why, since the patient tested positive, we have been tracking all those that the patient has had contact with," Okowa stated.

However, others are urging Okowa to make palliative measures available to the citizens and residents to make the Stay - at - Home  order workable, especially for the weak, poor, aged and vulnerable people of the Oil bearing State.

One of the residents in Warri, who identified himself as Dancer, stated: "Sir, I have a thought. About the money donated by several people to enable the Stay At Home to (be) more convenient for those that're not able to care for themselves during this trying times of COVID - 19. 

"How'd you want us to survive without means of getting food, fuel, water, vitamins, even nose masks are N900 naira? From Warri city."

Already, the lockdown has started taking its toll on residents of Warri, the oil city. An unidentified man slumped and died in Igbudu market late Tuesday which the Delta State Police Command had confirmed on Wednesday.

The middle-aged man had gone to Igbudu Market in Warri South Local Government Area of the state to buy some food items but did not leave the market alive - he slumped to his death at the popular market.

The Commissioner of Police (CP) in the state, Hafiz Inuwa, confirmed the incident.

The Daily Crucible learnt that the man was on the verge of leaving the market when the incident occurred, a cellophane bag containing tomatoes, pepper, onions and salt was sighted beside his remains.


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