GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State, yesterday, urged ndi Anambra to be vigilant and pay greater attention to things that will help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as life is beginning to return to normal across the world.
The Governor, gave this advice in special broadcast on COVID-19, observed that people are all beginning to feel too relaxed with the virus and warned of the danger of dropping their vigilance and disobeying the COVID-19 protocols.
“In the sixth month of our fight against this global pandemic, we have found ourselves at the most difficult stage of this war. This stage is dangerous because after six months of living in the climate of this pandemic, we are all beginning to feel too relaxed with the virus. We are dropping our vigilance and disobeying the COVID-19 protocol. This is very dangerous!”
He reminded them that the key to their survival, which is maintaining the COVID-19 protocols in their hands.
“If we have survived this pandemic this far, then we can all strive to stay alive until we have a widely accepted cure and a tested and effective vaccine for it. The key to our own survival is in our hands. Ndi Anambra, let’s not throw our lives away. Let us strive to maintain the COVID-19 protocols in everything we do for the time being”.
He disclosed that the state has tested 1092 samples so far, with 922 negative,160 positive.
According to him, “out of this figure also, we have successfully treated and discharged 125 patients while 17 people are receiving treatment in their respective homes. So far, 18 people have died of COVID-19 in Anambra State. These 18 deaths were recorded in different parts of the state. Ndi Anambra, this calls for extreme caution. Nowhere is absolutely safe. COVID-19 is everywhere now”.
He further announced that GeneXpert Lab in Onitsha General Hospital has just been activated and has started conducting COVID-19 tests successfully, adding that the lab made history as Nigeria’s first General Hospital Laboratory to be activated for COVID-19 testing.
He urged Onitsha residents to feel free to walk into the hospital for a COVID-19 test at any time, He stated that the laboratory at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, is also running tests on COVID-19 samples smoothly.