By Nneka Anoliefo  :

Awka, Feb. 3, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State Government has carried out COVID-12 testing on traditional rulers in the state.

The tests were carried out by Medical Personnel from the state Ministry of Health at the Traditional Rulers’ Council Chambers, Government House, Awka.

The testing became necessary to ensure that none of the royal fathers was infected by the virus

In brief remark, Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe reminded the other royal fathers that COVID-19 testing was not a death sentence but was key to early detection as it would increase their chances of survival.

Igwe Achebe, who spoke through his deputy Igwe Sunday Okafor of Okpuno, berated some Nigerians, who still believe that COVID-19 was not real.

He urged them to shun fears and avail themselves of the free COVID-19 tests, nothing, “health is wealth’’.

In their separate responses some traditional rulers who had undergone the testing, hailed the Anambra Government for carrying out the exercise.

The traditional rulers include Igwe Kenneth Orizu of Nnewi, Igwe Pius Omachonu of Olumbanasaa in Anambra West. Igwe Felix Onyimadu of Ukpor,  Igwe George Ekwealor of Umuoba Anam in Anambra East and West and his Akwaeze counterpart, in Anaocha LGA  Igwe Christopher Okpala.

The royal father’s urged government to extend the COVID-19 testing to all the villages in the state to enable their subjects to benefit too.

They promised to join to ensure full enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines including use of face masks, social distancing; no shaking of hands,  regular washing of hands with soap under running water and regular use of hand sanitisers.

The state Diseases Surveillance and Notification Officer, Mrs Nelly Dike in an interview explained that the second wave of COVID-19 appeared more deadly.

She expressed satisfaction at the turnout of the traditional rulers, noting that collection of the samples would enable them to identify those that have contracted it for commence of treatment.

According to her knowing their status will help to curb the spread of the virus in communities. (MOI)

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