By Gracious George
The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Pabara Newton Igwele, has warned against the violation of COVID-19 protocols by residents of the state.
The warning comes amidst an upsurge of positive cases which has made the government to step up preventive measures.
With a total of 694 cases recorded in the state so far, and over 100 of those cases in 2021 alone, it stands as a clear indication that the spread of the virus is on the rise.
Speaking to our correspondent in Yenagoa, he said everyone needs to be united in the fight against the disease.
Dr. Igwele emphasized that COVID-19 is real, saying people should not wait to experience it before taking precautionary measures, as several people have lost their lives to the virus.
He added that the state government will not relent in pushing for the strict compliance of COVID-19 protocols and appealed to Bayelsans to prioritize their safety and those of their loved ones by keeping to the protocols.
He said,” I appeal to the conscience of our people to adhere to the preventive measures. COVID-19 is real and we do not know the next person who may die of the virus,that is why it is necessary to protect ourselves and loved ones.
“To prevent COVID-19,you should wash your hands regularly, use alcohol based hand sanitizers, wear your face mask, keep a physical distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others, and if you feel any symptoms of fever or other symptoms indicative of COVID-19 please report to the nearest health facility for proper diagnosis and treatment.
“The State COVID-19 Task Force will be reorganized shortly and will continue advocacy and monitoring of public places, banks, schools, places of worship, government offices and other organizations.
“It is therefore needful that we take the preventive measures more seriously to stem the spread of the virus and create a safer environment for all,”