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Monday, May 4, 2020

POST LOCKDOWN: HOW PREPARED IS THE STATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. BY COMRADE IBEBE RUFUS AKPOBOME

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DELTA STATE CSO/MEDIA COVID 19 SITUATION ROOM. 

May 4th, 2020

Press Briefing

POST LOCKDOWN: HOW PREPARED IS THE STATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.
BY 
COMRADE IBEBE RUFUS AKPOBOME

Gentlemen of the press,

It is no news that Nigeria like every other country around the globe is still battling with the deadly novel Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. As at 4th of May, 2020, Nigeria has recorded 2,558 confirmed active cases out of which Delta State has 17. This has situation has necessitated various policy frameworks and actions by both national and sub-national Governments, in the effort to stem the tide of the spread of the virus.
Just few days back, the Federal and State Government announced partial relaxing of the lockdown in other to avert looming economic and hunger crises across the country. But, the continuous rising figures of confirmed cases is worrisome as this could degenerate into a serious health emergency situation that may soon overwhelm our already overstretched and poor health systems.
Our task as members of the Situation room and active citizens, is to engage the government constructively in other to ensure our state is prepared for any emergency that could arise from the Covid-19 pandemic. This we do by monitoring state government actions, policies and recommend or provide decision makers with views and recommendations that will help them achieve success in their pursuit.

in a bid to compliment government efforts, our community monitors across the state, give real time information on happenings which helped us to make informed observations and recommendations to the government on how to tackle this scourge that has ravage our land. Thus, these community monitors have visited some Isolation centres to ascertain the level of work done:
1. Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, 
2. Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara Isolation and treatment Centre.
3. Warri Central Hospital Isolation and treatment Centre.
4. Holding Centre at Mariere Memorial Hospital, Ughelli.

Some visited inter-state borders to checkmate migration into the state are
1. Asaba Head Bridge, Border with Anambra State.
2. Patani Border with Bayelsa State 
3. Ologbo Town, Border with Edo State.

Also, we visited Police Area Command to sue for support and caution for security agencies against human right abuses as they enforce they lockdown.

We have so far recorded some observations and concerns and they are as follows:

At Warri Central Hospital, the state and standard of the facilities cannot handle an upsurge of Covid-19.
Warri central hospitals Covid 19 medical personnel needs proper training, specifically on how to handle Covid 19 emergencies.
There is no testing centre at Warri central Hospitals.
Federal Medical Centre Asaba and Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara, have a clearly established medical protocol in handling Covid 19 cases but at the Warri isolation centre it was not noticed.
Federal Medical Centre Asaba, Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara and Warri Central Hospital Warri, Isolation and Treatment centres were all well barricaded.
Delta State University Teaching Hospital Ogharas isolation and treatment centre facility has a large capacity to handle Covid-19 cases and can be expanded.
The Holding centre at Ughelli need protective medical Kits.
There was no form of Verification of persons at the border to ascertain those on essential duties at the border before allow them.
Security agents and Temperature Testing personnel at the borders are not properly kitted for their own safety and that of others. They are over whelmed by large inflow of people and vehicle coming into the State.
 There is no emergency response plan our borders to handle an emergency in Covid 19 cases.
No enforcement of social distancing as observed in most public places as some markets still operates at their capacities
Publicity and Sensitization on Covid 19 pandemic is still very low in the state.


Against the above backdrop, the situation room hereby recommends the following as what to do moving forward 

Testing centre should be established immediately at the Warri Central Hopital as this will allow for early detection and quick isolation of cases to avoid a repeat of recent incidents at the Hospital.
Medical personnel should be enlightened regularly on best practice of handling covid 19 cases and Protective Medical Kits should to be provided for Ughelli holding centre.
Approved protocols from NCDC for handling of Covid-19 cases from Holding centre, Isolation and Treatment centre should be strictly monitored and enforced in all Delta State Covid 19 centres.
Life insurance should be provided for Covid-19 Medical Personnel. 
The state government should immediately order investigation into the complains of harassment and intimidation of medical personnel by security agencies during the just concluded 4 weeks lockdown.
Security Agents and medical personnel at our borders should be properly kitted.
Experienced health personnel should be assigned to handle temperature checking of person at the borders.
There should be an emergency covid-19 response unit at each border. Either a covid-19 ambulance or a holding centre.
There should be proper signs at the borders indicating restrictions due to covid 19 and phone numbers provide to report suspected covid-19 cases.
Personnel at the borders should be properly briefed on covid-19 response and handling.
 More personnel and temperature testing devices should be provided at each border.
Only essential persons and goods should be granted access to Delta State. 
The state government and security agencies should setup a covert monitoring team that will check the excesses of security agent and other personnel who are deliberately compromising the border enforcement order at the borders.
Social distancing guidelines should be enforced in public places such as markets and hospitals.
The State government should be open on funds appropriated and spent on the COVID-19 pandemic and make it public.
There should be a clearly defined State Government Action Plan on cushioning the effects of COVID-19 pandemic as many have lost their sources of livelihood within this period.
The State Government should immediately change their sensitization approach and method to a more result-oriented approach.
Citizens should comply fully with State Governments guidelines and adhere strictly to all rules for their own good.

Thank you.

Signed

Co-Chair: Bonny Akaeze 

Co-Chair: Akpobome Rufus Ibebe 

Joint Secretary: Joshua Ghereje

Joint Secretary: Emmaunel Agbubi 

Spoke Person: Victor Ojei

Convener: Social Action Nigeria

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