A lawyer in Delta State, Omes Ogedegbe, Esq., National Coordinator, Conference for Human Rights, has raised picked holes with the Delta State Government’s preparedness to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, adding that the government’s policy on COVID-19 “is satanic, deceitful and shameful.”
Ogedegbe said this in a press statement made available to this medium. He continued: “It is unfortunate that the governor of Delta State is gambling with the lives of Deltans for cheap gains.
“Our brother and friend, Theophilus Onojeghen, Managing Editor of Delta Today online media, submitted his blood sample for testing after he came in contact with somebody who later became positive for COVID-19 on Monday 23/6/2020 and sadly it came back negative.
“It was then we realized there are no isolation centres in Delta State, as the Delta State Health Commissioner told him to self-isolate in his house, knowing he has a wife and a son.
“When his health situation was degenerating, NCDC was contacted but no response. Our health commissioner again directed his wife to go and purchase the drugs from a pharmacy at patient’s cost thereby exposing the wife who ought to be on self-isolation along with their son.”
According to him, “on Saturday, 28th June, 2020, Mr. Theo became terribly sick and was having difficulty breathing.
His wife was forced to raise an alarm and serious pressure was mounted on the NCDC officers who reluctantly arrived two hours later to their home dramatically blaring their syrens in the area for people to notice they are working.”
He added: “Upon their arrival, we saw disappointing NCDC officials without the requisite kits of wearing a face mask, no handgloves. He was informed to enter their vehicle before he was taken to Central Hospital, Warri.
“The blood sample of his wife and son were not taken neither were they interested in contact tracing. His wife and son are to wait for them to get sick before any concern will be shown.
“They are expected to self-isolate and without any provisions made. The Government of Delta State is more irresponsible.
“The death rate in Delta State is increasing everyday and the governor is not bothered.
Is this how the governor’s daughter was treated?”
Attempts to speak with the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Mordi Ononye proved abortive as he did not pick his calls nor respond to our text message.