Governor David Umahi said his administration has commenced reconstruction and upgrade of the thirteen general hospitals in the state.
He disclosed this in a routine weekly state wide live broadcast to update the people on the state of the pandemic.
He said that the essence of the reconstruction is to equip the hospitals to a level they will be able to handle COVID-19 cases.
He urged the Commissioner of Health, Dr Daniel Umezuruike not to pay those of them who work in the general hospitals and don’t go to work, stressing that it is a criminal act to collect salary for work not done.
Umahi announced that the state has recorded a total of 152 index cases while over 100 patients have been successfully discharged. He expressed shock over the increasing rate of covid 19 cases in the state and enjoined the citizens to ensure that they put the precautionary measures in place to avoid contracting the disease.
He said that his administration would soon set up a committee that will be arresting those who don’t wear nose mask at least to make them conscious of the dreaded disease.
The governor has sworn in a former federal lawmaker, Hon. Lazarus Ogbee as a member of state Executive council. He will serve as Commissioner for Inter Ministerial Affairs.
Umahi charged him to carry out his statutory duties without fear or favour.