As the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the countries of the world and Nigeria not being an exception, the Delta State Contributory Health Commission (DSCHC) has made significant contribution to the success of the war against the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
In a statement made available to journalists by Public Relations Officer of the commission, Esther Edojah, the commission revealed the role it played during the 28 lockdown under the directive of the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa. The eight paragraph statement revealed the step by step undertaken by the commission as the lockdown lasted.
The statement said the commission set up a response team which comprised doctors, nurses and call centre operators to attend the people of Delta state and those who enrolled with the commission for medical assistance during the period of lockdown.
The commission also advised Deltans to follow the guidelines and all the health processes issued by the state government for the people to stay at home, regularly wash their hands with soap and water for 10 t0 20 seconds, eat healthy meals, stay hydrated and look out for all elderly people and others who are susceptible to the coronavirus.
THE FULL STATEMENT MADE AVAILABLE BY THE COMMISSION IS PUBLISHED HEREUNDER
DELTA STATE CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH COMMISSION’S COVID-19 RESPONSE TEAM
The world is currently facing a pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) and unfortunately, Nigeria citizens are now at an elevated risk of contracting the virus through community spread. The situation in Delta State needs all intervention to prevent further spread.
To this end, in full support of the efforts of the Delta state government to protect lives of citizens against coronavirus, the Delta State Contributory Health Commission set up a COVID-19 Crisis Support Response Team which comprises Doctors, Nurses and Call Centre Operators to attend to Deltans in general and Enrollees of the Delta State Contributory Health Scheme in particular, for medical assistance during the 28 days lock-down in the state.
The management advised all residents of Delta state and enrollees of the State Contributory Health Scheme not to rush to any hospital so as to protect and prevent overwhelming the hospital management. The people of Delta were also called upon to follow guidelines issued by the state government to stay at home, regularly wash their hands with soap and water for 10 to 20 seconds, eat healthy meals, stay hydrated often by drinking water and lookout for all elderly people and other susceptible people so as to avoid the spread of the virus.
To buttress its commitment, the commission made access to healthcare facilities during the lock-down easy for enrollees and health workers by being in full operation and providing logistics for health workers and enrollees. Through its ICT platform, the commission was able to provide seamless referral process and service communication with accredited healthcare facilities.
One of the healthcare beneficiaries of this provision was the Delta state secretariat clinic, Asaba. The Medical Director and Staff of the clinic commended the commission for the assistance rendered during the 28-day COVID-19 lockdown in the state.
The Medical Director of the clinic, Dr. Uche Okwe, said ‘the Delta State Contributory Health Commission contributed greatly to the success of the work during the lockdown. They provided referral and authorization codes without any hitches. Patients were not having difficulties with necessary codes to go to referred hospitals.’
Dr. Okwe further said that the commission also came to ‘our aid by providing a vehicle for transportation for workers during the lockdown. The management of the commission was also calling from time to time to find out how we were doing. There was a seamless flow of activities as if on a normal day.’
Though the lock-down has been lifted by the state government, the Delta State Contributory Health Commission is still calling on Enrollees in particular and Deltans in general to call the following numbers when faced with the symptoms of corona virus: Dr. Ebiakofa 09062739067; Dr. Oke – 09062739110; Dr. Ufuoma -09062739072; Nurse Erhuvwu – 09062739067; Nurse Dorathy – 09062739073; Nurse Asika – 09062739081; Nurse Chisom – 0906273907.