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By Chukwudi Nwauba

Awka, Jan. 12, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has urged people of the state to take responsibility for their health and guard against a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic by upholding the protocols.

Dr Okpala noted that the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria has resulted in a considerable spike of the infections in the state.

Health Commissioner – Dr. Okpala

The commissioner made the appeal while interacting with Health Correspondents in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

He said: “there has been a huge increase in positive test results during the festive season, in spite of government’s efforts to contain the virus; people still disobey the outlined preventive measures.

“Because of negligence and people’s laissez-faire attitude, many people have been exposed during the festive season, which could have been avoided with massive enlightenment embarked on before the coming of the second wave.

“We conduct tests on a daily basis and the numbers are climbing. It is important for all to continue observing the safety measures like wearing nose masks that have proved to help even globally and it is our first line of defence.

“This is the time to show a sense of personal responsibility. You may survive, if you contract it but someone else may be at risk.

“We are going round every community in the state. The testing labs are open and the test is free; we trained those sample collectors, if you start getting treatment early, chances of survival are high.’’

Dr Okpala advised the public to continue to comply with COVID-19 pandemic protocols such as regular washing of hands and use of facemasks to protect themselves against the virus.

He, however, appealed that everybody should go for tests and treatment whenever they experience any of the symptoms while noting that the ministry had sensitized relevant stakeholders from communities in the state.

The commissioner emphasized the state government’s commitment in containing the pandemic as well as made passionate appeal to the public to comply by observing the already established protocols on COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Okpala also advised health professionals in the state to treat every case of malaria as COVID-19 until proved otherwise.

“During this pandemic in our state, every case of malaria must be assumed to be COVID-19 until proved otherwise.

“Early detections of the ailment save lives,’’ he stressed. (MOI)

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