As the fight against the novel COVID-19 pandemic continues, Vincent Okpala, the Commissioner for Health has commended the State Government’s resolve in containing the spread of the disease in Anambra state.
This came off during a broadcast session with the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr Samuel Egwuatu.
As the Commissioner rightly pointed, prior to the index case recorded in the state, a massive sensitisation, awareness campaign had been carried out viz-a-viz training of stakeholders and relevant bodies on COVID-19 safety measures.
Furthermore, Okpala admonished the public to keep observing the COVID-19 preventive measures installed in the state and to join in the fight against the pandemic.
Also, he emphasized that the pandemic was still a global issue, which had yet to be defeated and as such, all preventive guidelines by World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the state should be maintained.
Speaking on the construction of standard protective care centres in the state by Gov. Willie Obiano, Okpala explained that this showed the commitment of Governor to fight against the pandemic.
In his words, “Government constituted COVID-19 Committee members, taskforce, action team from markets, parks and communities even at the ward levels. All these were geared toward ensuring the containment and safety of our people. At the level of the ministry, we continued to monitor compliance.
“We as well went round with a taskforce, including the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA Brigade) to enforce safety measures and sensitise the people.
As a matter of fact, the state has two functional COVID-19 testing centres at Awka and Onitsha General Hospitals. To this end, people should avail themselves of this opportunity and go for testing.
On his part, Mr Egwuatu stated that NYCN was collaborating with the state in the fight against the pandemic.
Responding to a caller who informed that some policemen were extorting N5, 000 from face mask violators, the commissioner cautioned that the state government did not in any way mandate policemen to collect money.
Mr Kingsley Okeke, who followed the programme online from Germany applauded the state government’s proactive measures and urged Ndi Anambra to adhere to the safety protocols. He noted that they also observe the same COVID-19 protocols in Germany.