Speaker of House of Assembly, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori

By Ovedhe Hezekiah

Delta State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, to direct the state ministry of health and relevant agencies to embark on the sensitisation of Deltans on the deadly Coronavirus currently ravaging the world.

The resolution followed a matter of urgent public importance brought before the House by Deputy Chief Whip, Mr. Solomon Ighrakpata.

Ighrakpata said since the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan, China, it had spread to almost every part of the world hence attention should be given to it.

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He pointed out that on 11 March, 2020 the World Health Organisation, WHO, proscribed the virus as a global pandemic with China and Italy recording the highest deaths.

The lawmaker noted that there is no known cure, neither there is a known vaccine to contend the spread of the virus, hence the need to keep the public
aware of how to avoid contacting the virus or spreading it.

Ighrakpata said Delta state could be at risk of the virus because of its location and the population of commuters passing through the state daily.

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The member representing Ika North East, Mr. Emeka Elekeokwuri, said the state government should join the global search for a cure for the virus, especially in the area of research.

The Speaker of House of Assembly, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori, said the Delta state government is aware of the effect of the virus and has put machinery in place to manage its outbreak.

Oborevwori said the House has passed a resolution giving backing to the efforts of the executive to create awareness about the spread of the COVID- 19 and standard hygiene procedures expected of the public to prevent the spread of the virus.