COVID-19: Stephen Keshi Stadium Hosts 70-bed Isolation Centre - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, June 10, 2020

COVID-19: Stephen Keshi Stadium Hosts 70-bed Isolation Centre

By Dave Obaro, Asaba

As part of efforts to ensure that lack of bed space will not hamper the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Delta State, a 70-bed isolation centre has been sited at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, said that given the speedy way the virus was contracted, the state government was preparing isolation centres across the State to ensure quick response to save the lives of Deltans.

Ebie who inspected the facility in company of the  Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Mordi Ononye, among other state officials, disclosed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in conjunction with Agip and other partners erected the isolation centre at the stadium.

He  expressed confidence that while efforts have been stepped up to curb the spread of the virus, the state was prepared  should an upsurge occured.

"Our resolve is to provide isolation facilities across the state and this project was started about four weeks ago and will be put into use any moment from now as almost all the equipment needed are in place.

"With the manner with which the virus is spreading, government cannot handle it alone and corporate organisations and well meaning individuals have come to render assistance, NNPC/Agip came together and galvanised other oil companies to provide these facilities.

"Deltans can be safer if they obey established health protocols because, it is our prayers not to have more patients in the State and for those in the isolation centres to get well and be discharged," Mr Ebie said.

In his contributions, Dr Ononye disclosed that the isolation centre has a comprehensive health facilities, including accommodation for the patients and care givers.

He stated that COVID-19 was not a death sentence, especially with early detection, disclosing that the deaths so far recorded in the state were as a result of the victims having prevailing health challenges that were compounded by COVID-19.

The Commissioner stated that with early detection, the state has the expertise and facilities to manage the patients.

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