By Chukwudi Nwauba  :

Awka, Feb. 22, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Health has trained faith-based hospitals in the state on COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala urged the participants to step up their level of suspicion and identification of COVID-19 symptoms which were the primary course of treatment and containment of the disease.

Dr Okpala said this during one-day training on the State COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies and COVID-19 update with faith-based hospitals held in Awka.

State COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies as follows, Compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols, Early recognition of symptoms, Early identification with the system, Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment by healthcare personnel.

Others are, Early initiation of contact tracing, Early notification of results and initiation of treatment.

Dr Okpala explained that early recognition of symptoms was extremely important and if followed religiously there would be no mortality rate.

He added that early identification with the structures had enabled early treatment and management of the disease in the state.

“We have advised healthcare personnel to treat all symptoms of malaria at this point as COVID-19 until proven otherwise and this has helped people to survive.

“The objective is also aimed at enhancing the partnership between the hospitals, government to ensure improved healthcare delivery for Ndi Anambra.’’

According to him the interaction with the faith-based hospitals in the state will help to create a defined approach to the pandemic ravaging the state.

“It is important that as we are planning, we carry everyone along; we must work together for the growth of healthcare in Anambra,’’ he said.

“COVID-19 taught us a lot of lessons and so we want to have a defined approach to the pandemic ravaging us.

Dr Okpala commended them, noting that about 75 per cent of care rendered in the state was provided by private hospitals while adding that it was important that the government partnered with them to end the pandemic.

“I express my profound gratitude to you, the level of contribution you add to the growth of healthcare delivery in the state is highly commendable.

“In response to COVID-19 pandemic, structures have been set up by the State government including COVID-19, Action team, Emergency Operations Centre, Pillar heads and integration of stakeholders from different sectors in the state into COVID-19 taskforce.

“We have COVID-19 action teams and task forces, we have people from ministries, traditional rulers, the police and the military, so we are looking at every sector to make sure everyone is carried along.’’

Dr Okpala emphasised that early treatment of the disease within two days of contracting the disease had a higher chance of stopping the death of patients.

“We need for COVID-19 tests to be conducted immediately a symptom is identified.

“If war against COVID-19 must be won, medical personnel must be one step ahead in the management and control of the disease as well as other efforts in sensitisation and knowledge sharing.’’

He said that hospitals in the state should brace to begin COVID-19 treatment and guidelines would soon be released by the state government.

The commissioner noted that seventy-five percent of healthcare services are rendered by private hospitals that are made up of faith-based hospitals.

“So, you see the need to regard you people as critical stakeholders in the health sector and that is why we are involving you people in the health policies and implementation.

“Lectures on critical and emerging issues in C0VID-19 prevention, management and control by the Infection, Prevention and Control Chief Focal Person from the state ministry of health, Dr Kenneth Nwokolo formed the highlight of the day.’’

The Permanent Secretary, Mr Linus Nwankwo, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe, Director Public Health/Diseases Control, State Epidemiologist, Dr Chukwuma Emembolu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor on Medical Supplies, Mrs Jennifer Onyedikachi were present during the training. (MOI)



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