Deltans have once again been called upon to desist from self medication especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, as this could complicate and worsen their health conditions.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, made this call today while speaking with journalists in his office. He noted that some persons were yet to appreciate the endemic nature of the pandemic hence the need for all stakeholders to join in educating others on the reality of the ravaging virus.
Speaking on his experience, the Commissioner pointed out that COVID-19 is very different from malaria, as is believed by some members of the public, despite the fact that some symptoms of Covid 19 are similar to that of malaria.
He advocated that the best way to check the spread of the virus was to constantly observe all laid down protocols, go for proper testing for proper diagnosis and treatment.
On the need for people to be conscious and go for test to ensure the status of the individual, Mr. Aniagwu stated that some persons are asymptomatic and may not manifest the symptoms of the pandemic and can go on spreading the virus to others.
Speaking further on what the state was doing to enlighten Deltans , the Commissioner stated that the State was working with local government chairmen, traditional rulers, the press, opinion leaders and other stakeholders to properly sensitize the people.
While speaking on alleged stigmatization of infected persons, the Commissioner stated that there was no need for people to stigmatize infected persons since the infection did not come as a result of any wrong deed on the part of the infected persons. He therefore charged all to work together in other to check the infection rate with a view to totally eradicate the virus eventually.