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Health Commissioner hails Anambra govt’s commitment to COVID-19 fight

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ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala, has hailed the state government’s commitment in the fight to contain COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

  Dr Okpala made the commendation while interacting with health correspondents in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

The commissioner noted that the state, through his ministry, trained transport owners, park managers, hotel managers and relevant stakeholders in the state on COVID-19 preventive measures and case identification.

“On June 11, no fewer than 400 persons, including Transition Committee Chairmen (TCC), from 21 local government areas of the state were trained on case identification, contact-tracing and preventive measures.

“You can see that government is determined to continue the fight against COVID-19 and we are glad at the massive support from Gov. Willie Obiano.

“Our aim is to equip stakeholders, relevant bodies and individuals with right knowledge about the pandemic.

“During the training, we developed COVID-19 screening tools, for which participants have been trained on how to make use of.

“So, the exercise presented us with an opportunity to train the participants on how to use the COVID-19 screening tools; the beauty of this tool is that it is administered online,” he said.

Dr Okpala explained that the tool helped in early detection of cases as well as guard in decision-making, testing and treatment of COVID-19 patients.

“We aim to achieve and to activate aggressive COVID-19 awareness campaigns at the grassroots, expand the scope of testing in the state and prevent the spread of the virus in communities.”

He stressed that training and follow-up campaigns, case-identifications, testing and treatment had been positioned to drive the initiative.

The commissioner noted that recent cases in the state indicate that early presentation to the healthcare system appear to be associated with positive outcomes.

Dr Okpala, then, appealed to the public to stop seeing COVID-19 as death sentence.

He urged individuals with symptoms like, loss of taste and smell and shortness of breath to seek to visit healthcare facility for care.

The other symptoms are coughing, headaches, abdominal pains or diarrhea, fever and tiredness.

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