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Update COVID-19 17 September 2020

17 September 2020 — Nineteen (19) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2097 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to four thousand, six hundred, and fifty-three (4653). To date, two thousand, eight hundred, and seventeen (2817) patients have recovered and been discharged, including twenty-eight (28) in the past 24…
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    In his brief remarks, Dr Mulombo acknowledged the strong leadership and improved investment of the State government in health, including remarkable response to COVID-19 pandemic. In his words, “Indeed, Rivers state has sustained its testing at very high levels while several other states had a significant decline in testing. Additionally, while test positivity increased to near 20% across several states during the 2nd wave, test positivity remained below 10% even at the peak of the 2nd wave in the state.”

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    In his prayers to the governor, the WR tabled three major requests: The signing of  the Rivers State Contributory Health Protection (RIVCHPP) Programme Bill into law; Strengthen continuity of quality essential health services; Provision of five genexpert machines to ensure adequate diagnosis of TB in all the LGAs and recruitment of health work force in the state to boost provision of health care in the state

    While still at the Government House, the WR secured the Governor’s commitment to immediately sign the RIVCHPP Programme Bill into law, to offer financial protection to the people to access health services, thereby improving Universal Health Coverage.  

    Responding further, the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Governor Wike acknowledged that collaborative leadership and engagement with the WHO is strengthening continuity of quality essential health services even as the State is responding to the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks such as Lassa fever and Monkey Pox.

    According to the Governor, “the good relationship between WHO and the Rivers State Government is contributing significantly to achieving good health indicators amongst our diverse population.

    Rivers State is located in the oil rich Niger Delta region in the South-South geopolitical zone with a total population of over eight million people. The State has two major refineries, two major seaports, an international airport,  and various industrial estates spread across the State particularly in the state capital, Port Harcourt. While the State’s economy is still largely dependent on oil, the declining oil price, environmental degradation and oil pollution as well extant insecurity are affecting quality of life of the people and general health of the citizenry. 


    Against this background, the WHO is providing technical support to the State government in coordinating ongoing reforms towards universal health coverage (UHC) and health security in line with the State Strategic Health Development plan 2018-2022.

    During the mission to  Rivers State, the WR also held a separate meeting  with the Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Anthony Chike, and mentioned   that his first mission to Rivers State provides better insights into how WHO can reposition  its  resources towards strengthening the health sector in the State based on identified priorities in order  to keep Rivers people healthy and safe, while serving the vulnerable. 

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    Dr Boateng Koffi; Email: boatengko [at] who.int; Tel: +234 706 449 1772


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