Rivers orders self- isolation for NDDC staff over possible COVID-19 fear


Following confirmations that the former Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Elder Ibanga Etang, died from COVID-19 complications , the Rivers State Ministry of Health has directed all the management staff of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to go on self-isolation for 14-days with effect from Tuesday.

Confirming the news last night, a top official of the Commission, said the ministry was already on the trail of staff and contractors, who were in close contact with the deceased.

According to him : The management of the Niger Delta Development Commission has been consulting with the family of Elder Ibanga Bassey Etang, who passed away early hours of Thursday, May 28.

“The family has authorized the commission to announce that the late executive director tested positive to COVID 19. The Rivers State Ministry of Health has written to the commission to also confirm the cause of death resulting from complications attributable to COVID 19. The ministry has, therefore, directed the commission to order all management staff to go into self-isolation for a period of 14 days with effect from today, while seeking the cooperation of the organisation in tracing staff and contractors, who have had close contact with the deceased.”

The source said, the family expressed the fervent desire that the death of the Executive director should not be politicised, during a meeting with them and also wished to free to mourn with dignity, as this also is the take of the commission.

Repprted by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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