The Governor of Ebonyi state, Gov.David umahi has described the death of three health workers due to COVID-19 and infection of 24 others in the state as frightening.
The governor made the declaration on Monday in Abakaliki during a meeting with the state COVID-19 response committee, officials of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other stakeholders.
The governor said that the people should learn to take responsible action to stop further spread of the virus in the state.
“You will see a husband that is infected with COVID-19 feeling that its the time to increase his love life with his wife and vice versa.
“Our people should know that no matter how much you love your wife or children, on the judgment day you will not answer for them,” he said.
Umahi also regretted that despite the alarming increase of the infection in the state, people still have wrong notion about the disease.
“People say on the social media that we upload the numbers to get money but nobody has given me ‘one kobo’ except donations from individuals and the Federal Government such as rice.
“Every fund spent on this COVID-19 fight is uploaded into the state government’s website and is disbursed through committees,” he said.
During the weekend he announced that his administration has approved the sum of N105 million for the purchase of medical equipment for Ivo, Ishielu and Ikwo General Hospitals in the State.
According to him, the availability of this equipment will enable health practitioners to tackle the pandemic without any reservation.
Dr Daniel Umezurike, state Commissioner for Health, said that despite the surge in the disease’s infection rate, the governor and all stakeholders should be commended for the efforts to mitigate the disease.
“We are one of the highest testing states in the country and stayed two months before recording the first case after the index case was reported in the country.We have tested 3, 369 samples and despite recording a total of 503 cases, we have effectively managed and discharged 111 cases after they tested negative,” he said.