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By Chukwudi Nwauba

Awka, Dec. 18, 2020 (MOI) In a bid to ensure that Anambra remains safe from the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the State Ministry of Health has intensified measures to help to stop the spread of pandemic in the state.

Dr Vincent Okpala (Commissioner of Health, Anambra State)

“We have stepped up our risk communication training in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, by involving the chairmen in the training,’’ the Health commission Dr Vincent Okpala told newsmen.

Others engaged in the risk communication training are Ward Transition Councilors, Ward Development Chairmen, COVID-19 Action Team and Youth Leaders.

The training was held at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala, said the state government deemed it important to organise the training so as to improve on risk communication in respect to COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Okpala noted that Anambra was among the first states in Nigeria that organised risk surveillance in respect to the 326 political wards across the state.

“To underscore the importance of keeping the state safe, we set up structures that went all the way down to the grassroots.

“We have 326 political wards that have at least a 5-man COVID-19 Action Team each, established in March before the first index case in the state,’’ he said.

The commissioner cautioned that the virus still exists; saying that there was the need to strengthen the team to ensure the state was safe.

He assured that the trained action team would assist in enforcing the COVID-19 protocols during the Yuletide season at the grassroots.

“Coronavirus Pandemic is still with us, the battle continues.

4th from the left – Deputy Governor Dr. Nkem Okeke, 3rd from left – HC Health Dr. Okpala and a few participants and attendees.

“We brought them together to have a refresher course because the World is currently undergoing a second wave; we brought them to remind them again of what they ought to be doing in their respective communities.

“COVID-19 protocols must be enforced as observing this is key to keep our people safe,’’ the commissioner noted.

Dr Okpala commended the Government for its proactive measures in tackling the pandemic while encouraging Ndi Anambra to key into the basic healthcare intervention funds. He, however, urged the public to get tested and know their status noting that the state had recorded 290 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths, 9,000 tests and has set up collection points for blood tests in different wards. (MOI)
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