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COVID-19: Anambra to establish more protection centres – Obiano

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ANAMBRA State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has reiterated his government’s efforts aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.

  The governor made the statement during a broadcast yesterday, at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka. In his words, “as we are all aware, there is a surge in the incidence of COVID-19 nationwide at the moment. Ndi Anambra, I have repeatedly warned that as we ramp up our testing campaign, the number of COVID-19 cases would go up. It should not surprise anyone therefore that the number of COVID-19 cases has gone up in our dear state with the increased number of testing. Interestingly, that is the pattern of the nationwide spread of the pandemic at this moment in time.”

He went on to assure that there are adequate arrangements to contain the virus in the state and advised everyone to remain calm as there is no need to panic provided safety measures as outlined by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) are strictly adhered to.

He used the opportunity to announce that so far, the state has recorded nine COVID-19 deaths. “Nine people have passed away as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic while there are currently 31 active cases in the state with seven patients receiving medical attention in the Protective Care Center.”

He added that the rise in cases is as a result of intensive tests being conducted, saying “a total of 302 samples have been collected so far out of which “230 results have been released to us while 72 results are still pending with the NCDC testing center. Out of the 230 results that have been released to us, 53 results returned positive, 13 patients have been discharged.”

“Ndi Anambra, it is important to note that the medical status of seven of the nine patients who died of COVID-19 in this state was confirmed after a postmortem test on them. In other words, they did not come to our Protective Care Center for professional management. This is why I must warn that delay is often dangerous in the management of COVID-19 cases. People who show symptoms of this deadly virus are advised to report their conditions early as it increases their chances of surviving this pandemic.”

He further stated that almost 90% of those that have died from COVID-19 in the state were aged from 60 years and above, warning that it is important that people who fall into this age category who are said to have what the experts call co-mobility, should maintain a high level of vigilance to minimize chances of their exposure to the virus. He emphasized that the pandemic does not select its victims based on age, saying one of the victims of the virus in this state was only 24 years old.

On the recently passed Anambra State COVID-19 and Other Dangerous Diseases Prevention and Eradication Law, the governor reminded that it is an offence for anyone to appear in public without wearing a face mask. “It is important that we observe this law diligently because it will enhance our chances of surviving the onslaught of this pandemic. Again, we are determined to ensure that anyone who flouts this law will be brought to judgment. Umu nnem, I advise everyone to ensure the strictest compliance with this law.”

He thanked the state’s health workers who he described as being the first in the line of defense against this pandemic while urging all to always reserve a kind word for them as they are putting in a lot of work to ensure that this virus allows people the chance to breathe. “So far, our healthcare workers have justified our confidence in them with their impressive performance.”

He concluded by saying the COVID-19 pandemic is an enemy that seeks to surround humanity with its virulent touch. “Ndi Anambra only the grace of God and our own eternal vigilance will save us from the onslaught of this pandemic. I have no doubt that if we continue to maintain a high level of vigilance by complying with the standard Covid-19 protocol from the WHO and NCDC, we shall outlive this pandemic.”

It will be recalled that Governor Obiano, since outbreak of the pandemic, has been updating residents of the state on government’s efforts to curb spread of the virus.

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