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Delta COVID-19: Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa’s Response And The Way Forward By Dr Goodnews Agbi

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In the latest report, precisely 12.45pm, Sunday 17th May 2020, Nigeria has recorded 5,621 cases of Covid -19 with 1,472 discharged and 176 deaths. The percentages of those discharged and deaths are 26.18% and 3.13% respectively.

In Delta, the figures recorded are 25 Covid-19 infections with 9 discharged and 4 deaths, which is 36% discharged and 16% deaths. While we don’t wish for the death of any Nigerian, we hasten to ask, are the percentages of deaths recorded in the country which is 3.13% and and that of Delta state in particular justifiable for the continuous lock down of the Country and Delta State?

We appreciate the swift response of the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to the Covid -19 pandemic when it surfaced in Lagos. His timeous total lockdown of the State, closing its borders to the surrounding states of Edo, Bayelsa and Anambra helped mitigate the spread of the pandemic in Bayelsa and Anambra.

The figures below show how effective that decision was to the reduction of the spikes of the pandemic in Delta State:
Bordering Delta to the North West & South West is Edo, Delta State’s ‘Siemens twin’ with several roads connecting each other, has 95 confirmed cases 35 discharged and 5 deaths. Anambra to the East of Delta has 5 confirmed cases, 1 discharged and zero death. Bayelsa to the South East of Delta has 6 confirmed cases, 5 discharged and no deaths.

From the above figures, it is crystal clear that Governor Okowa did wonderfully well in his timely and alacritous response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the State by hurriedly closing its borders with Edo from whence the virus is thorough-fared from Lagos to all states in the East of Edo State. We want him to go further by taking other novel steps devoid of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, which has been inundated by myriads of accusations, rightfully or wrongfully.


The pains and sufferings of Deltans is becoming unbearable. It is time to ease up and give succour to Deltans. He should not wait for the PTF to make decisions beneficial to Deltans.

From the Statistics of infections to deaths shown above, it will be unjustifiable, indefensible and devoid of morality to allow the people go through another cycle of lockdown.

Let final year tertiary State own schools resume. Let Churches and mosques in the State return to their theocratic callings. Let beer parlours and cinemas resume provided they adhere to the laid down precautions of social distancing and provision of hand sanitizers at the entrances with everyone putting on their facemask.

Your excellency, your actions taken so far on this pandemic has yielded unquestionable results, please allow Deltans to gradually return to their normal life. Germany has eased up their restrictions, football has resume. Several countries including Italy, Spain, Indonesia etcetera are opening up, let Delta join the cue. We should not wait for the politics of the PTF to put our State out of this misery.

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