COVID-19: APBN commends Okowa’s lockdown order in Delta

By Chisom

April 20, 2020

The Association of Professionals Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), Delta Chapter, has commended Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of the state over the ongoing lockdown order.

The commendation was contained in a statement signed by the state APBN Chairman and Secretary, Mr Paul Akporowho and Lewis Afolabi respectively in Warri on Monday.

The group described the governor’s decision as very wise and courageous.

Gov. Okowa had announced a lockdown of the state since April 1, as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We express our gratitude to Gov. Okowa, his dedicated team on COVID-19 and frontline medical and health workers.

“We also appreciate the good people of Delta for their efforts and sacrifices in staying safely at home so as to maintain isolation and contain the COVID-19 scourge,” the group said.

The association acknowledged palliatives the state government had provided to cushion effect of the stay-at-home order on the citizens and urged the people to comply with the lockdown directive.

APBN, however, appealed to corporate bodies, religious organisation, NGOs and other well-meaning individuals to compliment government’s efforts in the provision of palliatives.

“It is glaring that government cannot do it alone,” the association said.

APBN urged the Delta government to put the existing 10 Genexpert machines in the state into use in line with the suggestions made recently by a body of experts to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“We call on the Delta Government to put the existing Genexpert machines deployed for detection of tuberculosis with slight modifications, using appropriate software for detection of COVID-19.

“Delta currently has about 10 Genexpert machines in some health facilities which can go a long way in increasing testing capacity if put into use,” the group said.

APBN also called on the state government to establish a molecular diagnostic centre in detection of infectious diseases.

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