By Nnedinma C Okeke

Awka, March 14, 2021 (MOI) Anambra State has concluded its 2-day state level training of trainers for introduction of COVID-19 vaccination in the state.

The training, which was sponsored by the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), took place from March 10 to March 11 at two venues — King David and Mich Royal Hotels, Awka.

The South East Zonal Director, NPHCDA, Dr Eric Nwaze said that the state level training was the commencement of a series of training that would lead Ndi Anambra into being vaccinated.

According to him, the management of NPHCDA, working with other partners have mapped out coordinated approach to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic ceases to be a major challenge in Anambra.

“By this training, you have become a part of the NPHCDA and partner’s family to ensure that we save precious lives of our people. The time has come and we have to protect our people from serious illness.

“As a physician I can say, COVID-19 vaccination will not prevent the virus from entering your body, but it can save from serious illness that may lead to death,’’ he explained.

Dr. Nwaze

Dr Nwaze on behalf of NPHCDA appealed to those spreading false rumours and conspiracy theories to drop them.

“The COVID-19 disease is a reality, it is out there and it is killing people,” he stressed.

He noted that it was indeed a new dawn as humanity have been able to find a way to address this monumental public health challenge.

The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu in her opening remarks noted that the COVID-19 vaccination stage was a stage of hope.

“Vaccination has proven significantly to reduce mortality rate in countries that have carried out the COVID-19 vaccination exercise.’’

She noted that with the arrival of the vaccines in Anambra State and the planned rollout of the vaccination campaign, we should begin to return to our normal lives.

“It is important that the immunisation team at the Local Government Health Authority (LGHA) is adequately trained since they will step down this training to the rest of the health workers.’’

The ES urged the participants to pay attention and ask questions, where necessary as NPHCDA had put together training manual which was quite voluminous.

“Everything about the COVID-19 illness, vaccine, vaccination process; how to store, monitor and administer the vaccine have all being explained in the manual, so you have to read it thoroughly,’’ Dr Ezenyimulu emphasised.

She, then, expressed gratitude to NPHCDA for sponsoring the training and to WHO, UNICEF and other partners in the state for their support.

Anambra WHO State Coordinator, Dr Chukwumuanya Igboekwu urged all participants in the training to be ambassadors for the vaccine.

“If we have a chance of defeating COVID-19 we must use all available tools at our disposal; first is the non-pharmaceutical interventions such as frequent hand washing, physical distancing and wearing of nose masks.

“The second tool available to the world now is the vaccine, which is only effective after vaccination,’’ he explained.

Dr Igboekwu, however, noted that WHO was ready to provide technical support to Anambra State to ensure a successful vaccination exercise. (MOI)

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