TRADITIONAL rulers from Anambra State have undergone COVID-19 test. The test was carried out by medical personnel from the state Ministry of Health at the Traditional Rulers Council Chambers, Government House, Awka, to ensure that none of the royal father’s is infected by the virus
In his brief remark, the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, Obi Alfred Achebe reminded the royal fathers that COVID- 19 testing is not a death sentence but key to early detection as it increases chances of survival.
Obi Achebe, who spoke through his deputy, Igwe Sunday Okafor of Okpuno frowned at Nigerians that still believe that COVID-19 is not real. He urged them to shun fear and avail themselves of the free COVID- 19 test, noting that health is wealth.
In their separate speeches, some traditional rulers, Igwe Kenneth Orizu of Nnewi, Igwe Pius Omachonu of Olumbanasaa in Anambra West, Igwe Felix Onyimadu of Ukpor, Igwe George Ekwealor of Umuoba Anam in Anambra East and West and his Akwaeze Counterpart , in Anaocha LGA, Igwe Christopher Okpala who underwent the test appreciated the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano and the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala for taking different proactive measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
The royal fathers urged government to extend the COVID- 19 test to all the villages in the state to enable their subjects to benefit
They promised to join to ensure full enforcement of COVID- 19 protection guidelines of masking up , social distancing, no shaking of hands, use of washing of hands with soap and water and regular use of hand sanitisers to their subjects among others.
The state Diseases Surveillance and Notification Officer, Mrs Nelly Dike in an interview, explained that the second wave of COVID- 19 is more serious. She expressed satisfaction with the turn out of the traditional rulers and noted that collection of the sample will enable them identify those that have it for them to be treated as according to her knowing their status will help curb the spread in their various communities.