The Isoko Monitoring Group (IMG) has applauded the establishment of a Covid-19 testing centre at Asaba by Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, canvassing the need to set up a centre at Warri.
The group, in a statement by it’s Spokesman, Dr. Kingsley Oroh, said: “IMG issued a press statement on 24th April, 2020 where IMG stated that the practice of transporting samples of COVID-19 patients from Delta to Edo State for testing was inappropriate, totally unacceptable and therefore implored the government to step up its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by setting up Testing Centers in the state.
“We commend the government for this prompt response which will no doubt strengthen our fight for survival against this invisible enemy.
“Going by recent findings, Testing, Tracing and Treating, TTT, has been proven to be one of the best strategies to win the war against COVID-19 as the South Korean experience has clearly shown, but setting up one Testing Centre located in Asaba is inadequate to carry out the exercise to achieve same feat and on this premise, Delta State whose population is over two million need more Testing Centres to efficiently curb the menace and stop its spread.
“We therefore ask the Delta State Government to establish more Testing Centres especially in Warri because of its strategic location and since it won’t take the state anything to install another testing centre, as most of the sample collection centers are closer to Warri than Asaba.
“The government must realize that prioritizing Testing is the best strategy to the winning this war and we urge government to be proactive in putting plans in place for additional bed spaces for COVID-19 patients as the number of patients continue to increase across the state.
“We also use this medium to commend all workers as they mark this year’s workers day especially those in essential services for their doggedness and sacrifices during this challenging times.
“The government must seize this opportunity of the workers day to provide packages to our frontline workers to keep them motivated in the fight against this invisible enemy.
“Finally, we want to commend the Isoko South and North LGAs chairmen for the Isoko COVID-19 Palliative fund initiative which no doubt had helped in no little way in ameliorating the suffering of our people occasioned by the lockdown.
“We hereby implore the LGA Chairmen to intensify their grassroots enlightenment and education campaigns to ensure that the desired behavioural change required of our people to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus are instilled in our people.”