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Akpo PG calls for coronavirus vigilance

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PRESIDENT-GENERAL, Akpo Development Association (ADA), Caius Dim has called on ndi Anambra to be vigilant over ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

  “This is is still a global threat,” Mr Dim said, while interacting with information officers in Akpo, Aguata Local Government Area.

  “Anambra State Government did not relax the lockdown just because the world has conquered the disease; it has been eased because of hardship, inconveniences being generated and not to further compromise the economy,” Dim noted.

  He commended government for great initiative, saying that doggedness and caring attitude since the pandemic could not be compared with other states across the country.

  “Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala and his Information counterpart, Mr C. Don Adinuba have been fighting hard over the COVID-19 pandemic, even beyond expectation.

  “Do not take the lockdown relaxation for granted. The fight is about staying alive to tell the story.

  “Do not leave the state where you are residing to any other states. It does not matter that you have money to bribe your way through. Remain where you are,” Dim urged.

  “The insistence of state governments in putting on face masks when going out is not punishment, but a measure to save one’s life and those of others.”

  Dim noted that washing of hands with soap under running water for at least 20 seconds each time; application of hand sanitisers and social distancing were important.

  “Avoiding hand-shakes, hugging, kissing and stopping to touch our faces should have been imbibed by all.

  “The media has done well in carrying out sensitisation in this regard,” he said, noting: “re-opening churches have provided them opportunity of contributing toward helping to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic. So, it is not only about celebrating Mass, conducting church services or fellowship, but sensitising the faithful on safety tips as stipulated by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health.

  “Although, the media has been doing well in this regard, people tend to believe more in their pastors.”

  The PG urged people from all walks of life to join hands with government to ensure that this pandemic did not continue to spread.

  Dim, however, suggested that the distribution of palliatives be made through only community heads and not associations, especially where it concerned Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

  The PWDs are part of the community and each community understands the most vulnerable among them.”

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