In a meeting with the state COVID-19 response committee, officials of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other stakeholders, governor David Umahi has described the death of three health workers due to COVID-19 and infection of 24 others in the state as frightening.
He attributed the development to carelessness and nonchalant attitude of the public toward the pandemic.
The governor said that the people should learn to take responsible action to stop further spread of the virus in the state.
Umahi also regretted that despite the alarming increase of the infection in the state, people still have wrong notion about the disease.
The governor noted that with the manifestation community transmission, the state has to change tactics, to effectively check the situation.
Umahi said government has approved N105 million for the purchase of some equipment such as oxygen and blood pressure monitor for the general hospitals at Ikwo, Ishiellu and Onicha LGAs.
“We can also procure ultrasound, X-ray machines among others and station them at each of the three senatorial zones while the committee should meet and recommend the equipment we should purchase,” Umahi said.
Dr Daniel Umezurike, state Commissioner for Health, said that despite the surge in the disease’s infection rate, the governor and all stakeholders should be commended for the efforts to mitigate the disease.
“We are one of the highest testing states in the country and stayed two months before recording the first case after the index case was reported in the country.
“We have tested 3, 369 samples and despite recording a total of 503 cases, we have effectively managed and discharged 111 cases after they tested negative,” he said.