The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, has donated hand sanitizers and other items to the people of Illah community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state as support in the effort to check the spread of Coronavirus

Presenting the items on Tuesday at the palace of the Ogbelani of Illah, Obi Sylvester Enecheziem, Ifeajika said that the items would help members of the community, especially the immediate environment of the palace, in protecting themselves against the pandemic.

Describing the virus as deadly, the governor’s spokesman said that the items were to compliment the efforts of the State Government in tackling the spread of the disease and urged the people to comply with government directives.

He used the occasion to enlighten the people on the symptoms of the virus and urged them to practice personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly and also maintaining social distancing at all times.

He said that the government had in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading into the state, ordered a two-week lockdown and urged the people to comply with the government directives by staying at home during the period.

“I have come here today to present these items to our people to enable them stay safe in view of the Coronavirus ravaging most countries of the world which Nigeria isn’t an exception.

“Although we don’t have a confirmed case of the virus yet in Delta, our beloved Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has put preventive and precautionary measures in place to ensure that the virus does not spread to the State.

“One of the measures is the establishment of Holding and Isolation Centres across the state

“Specifically, the state government has set up four Isolation Centres in Asaba, Oghara and Warri.

“The governor did all these even when there is no confirmed case yet in the state, and to guard against it, he has ordered a two-week lockdown of the state.

“This implies that residents must stay at home within this period to guard against the virus entering the state.

“The measure was taken to confine people to their homes, because the virus is transmitted through person-to-person interaction or contact.

“As good citizens of the state, it is my humble appeal that we obey these instructions which include ban on social gatherings, marriages, burials and religious worships,” Ifeajika said.

He advised that the people should maintain good personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly in running water, use sanitisers where available and keep social distance at all times.

Receiving the items, the monarch thanked Ifeajika for the donation, describing him as a worthy son of the community.

He assured that the people of the community would abide by the directives of the state government as regards preventing the Coronavirus pandemic in the State.

The royal father commended Governor Okowa for his proactive measures to protect the state and its people against the pandemic.