*government takes care of their feeding, accommodation, treatment, says Aniagwu
By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
Health staff who are mainly doctors who had contact with the late Hausa index case in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, have cried out of alleged abandonment, hunger and possibly death.
Investigation revealed that both the state government and management of the hospital in Agbor, do not care about their health and general wellbeing.
It was learnt that the health workers only resumed work to be isolated after the Hausa fruit seller was confirmed of CoronaVirus by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
A source at the hospital (name withheld), disclosed that the state government did not make any provision for their upkeep.
But in a swift reaction, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said that the government is fully in charge of their upkeep, though it is costing the government money.
“And it is not true that they are being fed less than what is expected. Government is taking the responsibility for feeding, accommodation, treatment and everything that has to do with the individuals. Starting from the point of test and it is costing government so much money”, Aniagwu, hinted.
The Information Commissioner, stated this when he paid courtesy visit on members of the Indigenous Correspondents’ Chapel (ICC), of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ),.Delta State Council.
On the argument in some quarters that CoronaVirus remains a scam following the none disclosure of identities of COVID-19 patients by government, he said it is the right of the patient to divulge his or her health status and not the government.
Hear him: “The persons deserves personal dignity. You don’t because of your argument and perception reduce the dignity of patients. It is up to the patient to come out on his own to the public, it is not the government. We cannot as a government just wakeup and carry cameras just because people don’t want to believe. And you want us to carry cameras to video them and say this man has CoronaVirus and at the end of the day you now begin to fuel stigmatization. We are trying to fight the scourge. CoronaVirus is not a death sentence.
“But we do hope that CoronaVirus does not get into their families before they now see with their eyes like doubting Thomases and if the CoronaVirus comes into their families, will they use their families to do the scapegoat for others?
While noting that CoronaVirus is real, he said no government would report a case of any pandemic that does not exist for any reason as it has down turn effect on the economy.
“And what does anybody thinks that the government will benefit from CoronaVirus patients when you know that the more you report it, the more you also threaten the investment in your state. Do you know that many people are running away from reporting their sicknesses now because they don’t want to be quarantined?
“Most people are treating themselves at home, they administer drugs to themselves because once somebody is sick, they buy relieve drugs, they don’t want to report early and when it has become bad, they now want to show up but by that time, your immune system have been terribly compromised.
“Please, help to educate those who may not have known that this thing is real and that it can affect anybody irrespective of age and that if it is not properly handled, it can also kill”, Aniagwu advised.