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Distribution of food in Rivers State to kick off and members donate salary to fight Covid19

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Distribution of food in Rivers State to kick off and members donate salary to fight Covid19

A committee will be set up to coordinate the distribution of food in Rivers State to it’s residents.

This is part of effort of the Rivers State government to cushion the hardship faced by the people.

Nine days have past since a total lockdown was enforced in the state with closure of all open market activities and restriction placed on crowded religious gatherings.

The lockdown was sequel to the identification of one covid-19 case in the state and the government was determined to contain the spread of the disease.

Since then, Governor Wike, as the chairman of the Taskforce on Enforcement of the Ban on Public and Religious Gatherings, had always led members of the TASKFORCE to monitor the level of compliance by members of the public.

On this second Sunday, churches were monitored to see how they have continued to maintained social distancing among worshippers.

The governor and other members of the taskforce visited the Omega Power Ministries, OPM, the Saint Patrick’s Anglican Church in Rukpokwu and Our Lady of Holy Rosary Chaplaincy, Catholic Institute of West Africa in Rumuibekwe.

While commending the compliance level by those churches monitored, governor Wike said it was important that the people continue to pay directives that are given to help them stay safe.

He visited the food bank where food items have been stockpiled and said a committee will be empowered to coordinate the sharing of the palliatives to poor residents in the state.

Governor Wike also inspected the extent of work done at the second coronavirus treatment centre in the state.

The isolation centre is a 250 bed facility that will house coronavirus patients at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elekahia town should the state experience such outbreak.

Governor Wike said before the end of the week, the centre will be fully operational.

According to him, the state is 90 percent prepared to contain any eventual outbreak of coronavirus pandemic besides the one case that has been identified already.

He explained that the only coronavirus patient in the state has tested negative after a second test conducted on her with another sample taken from her for a final laboratory testing.

The governor also urged Rivers people to discard unnecessary politics and join hands with government to ensure that the life of all residents in the state are safeguarded.

Also the leadership of Rivers State House of Assembly announced on Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 that the house has resolved to donate their one month salary collectively to assist the Rivers State Government in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus in the state

Speaker of the House, Right Honourable Ikuinyi Ibani, at a news conference at the assembly complex in port Harcourt, said the house had an interface with the Ministry of Health to understand the stage of the efforts so far garnered in the fight against coronavirus.

Their decision for the donation was therefore predicated on the feedback the joint committee of the house received from that interaction.

He stated that besides the collective donation, members can, individually, and are indeed encouraged to make contributions from their respective constituencies to support the efforts geared towards curbing the pandemic effect in the state.

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