Wednesday, 17 June 2020

COVID-19: Anambra state begins mass testing, train ward coordinators

 Ukpa Ewa |16 June , 2020

AWKA:  As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit hard on Nigeria, state governments had since begun he adoption of methods that will not only ease the effect of the pandemic on citizens but also reduce or prevent the spread of the virus.

One of such measures is what the Anambra State Government has engaged in this week. The government, through the Ministry of Health organised a special training for  326 Ward Coordinators across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

 The training which was centered on identifying basic symptoms of Coronavirus disease in communities had the coordinators drawn from different LGA at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.

In his remark, the Commissioner for Health Dr. Vincent Okpala who said the training was aimed at tackling COVID -19 cases across the state, emphasized that the job of the ward coordinators include contact tracing and  going from household to household to seek out people with COVID - 19 symptoms. 

Exposing participants to measures and treatment of persons with disabilities during the pandemic, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Disability, Barr. Chukwuka  Ezewuzie noted that persons with disabilities were the worst hit.

"Social Distancing was a problem because someone in the wheel chair needed someone to push the wheel chair, the blind have problem because social Distancing won't work, he needs someone to lead him by the hand while the deaf needed an interpreter".

He therefore advised that the World Health Organisation (WHO) measures be adopted while dealing with persons with disabilities in their villages.

Similarly, in his remarks, the Chairman of Awka South LGA Mr. Leo Nwuba noted that the fight against COVID -19 has been decentralised to LGA's and wards.

"We are taking Coronavirus disease campaign to the grass root to let them know COVID-19  was no longer game but real ".

He however advised citizens to take necessary precaution according to government guidelines.

Participants were exposed to the use of Anambra new screening App for COVID -19  data collection launched by the  State Ministry of Health.

The training was attended by Transition Committee Chairmen (TC), Councillors, Town Union Leaders, Market leaders and government functionaries.