Government activates COVID-19 isolation, treatment centers
By Ebele Egoh/Chukwudi Nwauba :
Awka, April 3, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government has activated COVID-19 isolation and treatment centres, where affected patients will be provided with quality Medicare.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala said the activated centres include NYSC Camp Umuawulu/Mbaukwu, Onitsha General Hospital, surge centres at Ekwulobia and Umuleri.
Dr Okpala explained that the isolation, treatment and surge centres were being set up in readiness for incidences of Coronavirus pandemic, even though the state had yet to record any case.
The commissioner at the conclusion of his inspection tour of designated centres addressed health correspondents at NYSC Camp, Umuawulu/Mbaukwu, Awka South (LGA), saying that he was satisfied at the facilities on ground so far.
``We followed the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) procedures and guidelines in setting up all the centres bankrolled by the state government.
``I am satisfied with what I have seen and if eventually we record Coronavirus case, believe me the patient will be adequately cared for.
``Readiness of these centres shows that we are not playing politics with the deadly virus that is ravaging the World and some states in the country; so, the governor is fully committed.’’
The commissioner noted that officers had been trained and prepared ahead for possible identification of any case of COVID-19 pandemic in the state and how to remain safe while doing their jobs.
``They were told what to do, when a patient arrives in the facility, whether or not he has fever, cough or shortness of breath.
``If the condition has prevailed for a period of 14 days; if a patient has just returned from any country worst hit by the pandemic and whether he has been in contact with a facility, where COVID-19 case is being treated.
``If answers to all these are in affirmative, they are advised to put the patient in a separate room with face mask and get in touch with experts.
``The essence of the training is confidence-boosting and allaying anxiety of the Heads of Departments of Health in LGAs and ensuring that they can provide basic care before expert care is deployed.’’
According to Dr Okpala, the trainees are taken through Protocols for Case definition.
He re-emphasised Gov. Willie Obiano`s commitment in the healthcare sector of the state, urging the public to continue adhering to public health advice such as frequent hand-washing with soap under running water.
``Use hand sanitisers, avoid handshaking, hugging, touching of face and nose; maintain social distancing up to a metre. (MOI)