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Anambra health sector taps from COVID-19 gains



ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala has said that the health sector will tap from the proactive strategies adopted by government in its fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

  Dr. Okpala stated this while exchanging views with the media at the Jerome Udoji State Secretariat Complex, Awka, adding that the policy will lead to additional opportunity to scale-up healthcare capacity.

According to the Commissioner, Anambra State was not only prepared even before the pandemic struck but also had press button intervention schemes in place as part of round-the-clock emergency response.

This, he pointed out, explains why Anambra COVID-19 casualty toll is one of the lowest in Nigeria.

While commending Gov. Willie Obiano for being the livewire of the mechanism, Dr. Okpala stated that government will never toy with issues of testing capacity and facility capacity to ensure that the gains already made would be sustained.

Speaking further, he said that beyond infrastructure and capacity building, which includes training of personnel with the right attitude, government is also investing in attitudinal redirection of ndi Anambra. This, he said, will ensure that protective care centres at Umuawulu-Mbaukwu, Onitsha, Aguleri, Umueri, Ekwulobia, Awka and Nnewi are safeguarded but also.

Dr. Okpala stressed that in case of COVID-19 emergency, people usually make the mistake of googling and calling NCDC, Abuja instead of the numbers provided by Anambra State Ministry of Health.

Regarding re-opening of schools, the Commissioner said that people were taught of safe resumption, adding that their readiness has been evaluated and everything taken into account.

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