By Rukevwe Edjeren

As the lockdown imposed by the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa comes to an end, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health Monitoring and member, COVID-19 Enforcement Committee, Dr. Michael Nwoko has made passionate plea to all residents of the state not to see the exit of the lockdown as an end to the various measures put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Nwoko who made the appeal while speaking on a Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba, TV programme ”Morning Ride”, admonished Deltans to continue to maintain social distancing as a way of life adding that the culture of hand washing along with other precautionary measures required to curtailing the spread of the deadly virus should continue.

He noted that although a partial lockdown of the state as declared by the governor takes effect from Thursday 30th April, 2020, he warned that the pandemic was still very much around and that the only way to stay safe is to continue to adhere strictly to the health measures adopted during the lockdown.

On the continued closure of the state borders, Dr. Nwoko said that despite the numerous difficulties associated with manning the state borders, the committee saddled with the responsibility has been doing a splendid job and will continue to give their best despite the multiplicity of entry points to the State.

He enumerated the border posts to include, the Onitsha bridge head, Ologbo, Urhonigbe, Idumuje-Ugboko, Igbanke, Alifekede, Mbiri, Patani, Abraka and Illah-Ebu extension.

Speaking on the readiness of the state in the post lockdown era, Dr. Nwoko said that the state governor has put in place an array of well tested individuals from all the professional fields to work out ways to continue to contain the spread of the virus without necessarily jeopardising the social and economic life of the state.

He particularly commended Governor Okowa for his foresight in shutting the state when other state governors had not even thought of the idea noting that the measures taken by the governor to guarantee the safety of all residents of the state following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria were germane.