By Aruoriwo Ivovi
Delta State Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Reginald Bayoko, has cautioned Civil Servants in the state against non adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols, saying that the reality and gravity of the second wave of the pandemic was real and more devastating.
Mr. Bayoko gave the advice when he granted audience to the Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Isioma Okobah, who led other Members of the Board and some Management staff of the Agency on an advocacy visit to the office of the HOS in Asaba.
The Head of Service, while admonishing Civil Servants in the State to strictly observe all COVID-19 safety guidelines so as to prevent the spread of the disease, faulted perceptions in some quarters that the deadly virus only struck high calibre personalities in the society, describing such belief as erroneous, baseless and could not stand scientific verifications.
He commended the Board and Management of the Agency for its sustained campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic in the State, saying that there was the need to complement the determined efforts of the State Government at combating the spread of the virus towards saving lives in the state, just as he emphasised the need for continuous checking of body temperature before entering any government premises, proper wearing of face mask, use of alcohol based hand sanitizers and provision of soap and water for washing of hand before entering any government establishment in the state.
The HOS expressed his readiness to collaborate with the agency in sensitising civil servants to embrace measures put in place by government to forestall the spread of the disease.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Agency, Dr. (Mrs.) Isioma Okobah, told the HOS that the visit was to solicit for the collaboration of the office of the HOS to sensitise civil servants on the need to adhere to preventive protocols against the virus, adding that such a collaborative effort would go a long way in stemming the rising tide of the pandemic, just as she urged for acceptance of the prescribed vaccine for the treatment of the virus in the state.