COVID-19: Delta to develop data base for vulnerable persons

The Delta state government says it is in the process of developing a vulnerability index data base that would help capture all vulnerable persons in the state as well as serve as a guide in reaching out to the less privileged.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chiedu Ebie, who spoke to journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, disclosed that the state was working with the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to gather data on the vulnerable persons across the 25 local government areas.

The data base, he added, would help government to make informed decisions when it comes to distributions of palliatives to the less privileged.

Ebie said that the administration of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa was committed to curtailing the spread of coronavirus, hence it established a mini -testing facility at the Asaba Specialist Hospital which he added, could run about 40 tests per day.

He said that this had increased the testing capacity of the state as samples from COVID-19 pandemic patients were no longer sent to Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo state.

This, he aaverred is because the state government had also set up isolation centers and treatment across the 25 local government areas of the state in other to manage cases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, hoteliers in the state have appealed to the state government for a relaxation of the curfew imposed by the state government to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Managing Director of Villa Toscana Hotel, Mr. Levi Ezelibe, said that they have complied with the government’s directive, adding that they have enforced the use of face masks for both staff and customers, and installed hand washing facilities at several spots within the hotel premises.

According to him, the business had suffered poor patronage since the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

He added that curfew has not helped matters and urged residents of the state to observe precautionary measures enacted by government.

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