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1. Provide us with Coronavirus test kits, Iyi-Enu Hospital management pleads with Government

2. NMA hails Anambra Government, civil service doctors over war against Coronavirus pandemic

3. Amaku COVID-19 scare: No cause for alarm says health commissioner

4. Best method for COVID-19 containment is prevention insists Anambra health commissioner

5. Government’s proactive measures to contain Coronavirus pandemic in Anambra gets commendation

6. Coronavirus: We‘re prepared to tackle it vows head of health Onitsha South LG

7. TC Chairman reels out directive on containment of COVlD-19 at Nkpor Market

Provide us with Coronavirus test kits, Iyi-Enu Hospital management pleads with Government

By Nkechi Nweke/Regina Nwoye

Ogidi (Idemili North LGA), April1, 2020 (MOI) Administrator, Iyi-Enu Hospital, Ogidi, Rev. Tochukwu Okwuchukwu has appealed to Anambra State Government to provide facility with kits for testing for Coronavirus pandemic.

The administrator made the call on April 1, while interacting with Anambra State Information Officers on a monitoring mission over compliance with State Government directive in containing spread of the virus at Iyi-Enu Hospital.

“Even though we are a mission hospital, we partner with the state government in times like this, in the service of humanity,’’ Rev Okwuchukwu said.

He said there were no traces of the disease in the hospital but that a suspected individual, who came back from Abuja two weeks ago and developed cold, did not test positive to the disease.

“The suspected patient had pneumonia and our physicians prescribed antibiotics and discharged him.

“Proactive measures are always being taken daily by the hospital when receiving patients.

“We make use of face masks, hand gloves and hand sanitiser but need more sophisticated equipment from government.’’

He praised Gov. Willie Obiano on efforts made to protect the state from the killer-disease, especially by providing isolation centres in various areas of the state.

Chief Medical Officer, Mrs Edith Ochunwike said she was overwhelmed at the awareness created by Commissioner for Information, Mr C Don Adinuba on the virus and the way to stay safe.

She, then, appealed to Government to provide them with test kits that would help them to diagnose patients properly as well as protect the health workers. (MOI)
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NMA hails Anambra Government, civil service doctors over war against Coronavirus pandemic

By Juliana Nwachukwu                                                

Nkpor (Idemili North LGA), April 1, 2020 (MOI) Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Anambra State branch has urged Nigerians to emulate Anambra by rising to the challenge of containing spread of COVID-19.

The body also praised the state Civil Service doctors for suspending their indefinite strike to join the fight against the virus.                                                                                                                                                         

Briefing newsmen at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area, the state Chairman, Dr Emmanuel Monago pleaded with the state government to ensure immediate procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in readiness for any outbreak.

“We commend Gov. Willie Obiano for his response to COVID-19 pandemic in relation to measures he has so far taken.

“The guidelines are well articulated and valid; we also hail Government doctors for calling off their month-long strike because of the epidemic.’’                                                                                                                             

Chairman was represented by his deputy, Dr Jide Onyekwelu.

Dr Monago said, “all health facilities should have staff members at the entrance that will ensure that all persons entering or leaving the facility wash and sanitise their hands.                                                                                

“There should be a notice board at the entrance to the facility informing visitors that they are not allowed into the facility. Only the sick and their attendants are allowed in.                                                                                                                     

“They should have isolation rooms or wards, where suspected cases will stay until contact is made with Anambra State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre on 08030953771 or 08117567363; ensure that consulting rooms are well ventilated.                                                                                                                                 

“They should provide protective gears, masks, gloves and sanitisers, for all staff members and management should meet with and brief regularly on COVID-19 update and challenges.’’                                                                                                                                    

The chairman noted that every Anambra resident must maintain government recommended preventive measures including regular hand-washing with soap, use of alcohol-based sanitiser, especially where water and soap are not readily available.                                                                             

“Do not touch your face, eyes, nostrils and mouth with your bare hands.

“Cough or sneeze into a bent elbow, maintain social distance of at least a metre or three feet distance between yourself and others.                                                            

“Avoid handshakes or any other greeting method that involves body contact like elbow and fist bumps as well as hugs.

“Do not gather in a crowds like in Churches, buses, weddings, funeral ceremonies; do not visit hospitals unless you are sick.’’ (MOI)
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Amaku COVID-19 scare: No cause for alarm declares health commissioner

By Chikodili E Nwogueze

Awka, April 1, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has assured Ndi Anambra and the general public that Anambra State is still safe from COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is no cause for alarm,’’ the commissioner gave the assurance while being interviewed at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Amaku, Awka following an incident of sudden death of young man on March 31.

The young man was a passenger in an Awka-bound bus from Onitsha.

The passenger, names withheld was said to have experienced severe health challenge during the journey that led to his death.

According to health commissioner, the man, a bricklayer, was travelling from Igbariam axis toward Awka and developed severe abdominal distress which left him coughing.

This caused panic in the bus and the passengers decided to bring him to the teaching hospital. On arrival, the State COVID-19 team was alerted and following due diligence with regard to the cause of death.

His corpse had since been deposited in the morgue of the hospital.

Dr Okpala, then, said that so far his death could not be linked to Coronavirus pandemic. “The cause of his death did not meet the condition to be declared as COVID-19’’.

“It is very unlikely that it is from the disease. There is absolutely no cause for alarm,’’ Dr Okpala declared emphatically.

Meanwhile, other passengers that came in the bus were counseled and presented face masks before they were dispersed.

The COVID-19 symptoms as released by Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control include dry coughing, sneezing, body pains, high fever and difficulty in breathing.

The state government advised that any person showing any of the symptoms, should not indulge in self-medication based on assumptions, rather such individuals should contact the state’s Public Health Emergency Operation Centre via telephone numbers 08030953771 and 08117567363. (MOI)
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Best method for COVID-19 containment is prevention insists Anambra health commissioner

By Nnedinma Okeke

Awka, April 1, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala says that the best measure in containing COVID-19 pandemic remains investing in its prevention.

“The context of this disease is detection, prevention, containment, treatment but our strength lies mainly in prevention,’’ the commissioner said this at COVID-19 training of directors of Primary Healthcare and Officers-In- Charge (OIC) of high volume health centres.

The event was held at king David Hotel, Awka.

Dr Okpala noted that modifying group level activities such as closing markets and churches, banning burials and wedding with social distancing were preventive measures.

“All these measures will lead to containment as we will not like this disease to stretch our system. So, putting preventive measures in place will help to slow down the spread of the disease. 

“In the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), we have been trying to strengthen the system to make things work and we will keep the support on so that you can do the job.

“This Coronavirus is a war that we have to fight together to win and the directors of PHC are generals at the fore-front in communities,’’ he said.

The Executive Secretary of Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu spoke on the role of PHC in COVID-19 pandemic.

According to her, PHC workers are the first port of call for health problems in communities; they have the responsibility to give right messages, especially in this season of rumours and counter rumours.

“We have to be well equipped in knowledge so that we can give out the right information.

“The state health ministry produced a lot of handbills that you will use for a step down training at local government levels and then paste at each facility.

She urged the health workers to have high index of suspicion when they see a patient, who would present a history of recent travels to any country or state within Nigeria that had COVID-19.

“The best form of prevention is regular hand-washing with soap and water. This is the message you should pass on to the community,’’ Dr Ezenyimulu stressed.

Dr Onyeka Ibezim, Managing Director, Anambra State Oxygen Plant noted that heads of LGA PHCs need to champion the COVID-19 cause at their levels.

“While we are fighting this in the town, the villages and our health facilities need to be covered too.

“This is not time for panic but for action as all hands need to be on deck in controlling the situation.

“The health worker is where our hope lies now, but the basic precaution is to ensure that you are safe because you need to keep alive in order to help others to stay alive,’’ he said.

Dr Ibezim, while expressing gratitude to Government for its efforts so far, noted that the Anambra State Oxygen Plant had enough stocks of oxygen for the state.

The event witnessed demonstration on use of oxygen masks/kits by the health commissioner. (MOI)
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Government’s proactive measures to contain Coronavirus pandemic in Anambra gets commendation

By David Okpala/Stella Ifeoma Okpala

Umuchu (Aguata LGA), April 1, 2020 (MOI) Chairman Poultry Farmers Association Nigeria, Anambra Chapter, Dr Ugochukwu Okpaleke has joined in commending Anambra Government’s proactive measures to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The measures have so far helped to stop the ravaging virus from entering Anambra State,’’ Dr Okpaleke told Anambra State Information Officers on a monitoring mission on March 31 in Umuchu.

He called on politicians at National and state levels not to mix politics with the ongoing fight to contain the pandemic. “it is threat to lives of the governed’’.

According to him Gov. Obiano has indeed expressed a determination to save life and property of Ndi Anambra.

“The `work from home order’ to civil servants and closure of markets across Anambra State must be costing government a lot. It is another costly sacrifice.

“Provision of 200 bags of rice to each of the 179 communities in Anambra State to cushion the effect of shut-down is a demonstration of love to Ndi Anambra.

“I am sure the shut-down order is not sweet to Government, but a painful sacrifice toward ensuring that COVID-19 does not get into Anambra State.

“Let us complement this effort as we keep to all directives issued by the Government,’’ he appealed.

“I have made it mandatory for anyone coming into my office to wash his or her hands thoroughly with soap under running water.

“I have directed my workers to maintain two metres distance to one another, with every worker minding animals under their care.

“Our work continues because we are into livestock business, shutting down completely to stay at home spells doom to our animals.

“We are getting used to not shaking hands/hugging. Our cashiers have internalised washing their hands thoroughly with soap under running water after each cash transaction,’’ Dr Okpaleke said. (MOI)
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Coronavirus: We‘re prepared to tackle it vows head of health Onitsha South LG

By Juliana Nwachukwu

Fegge (Onitsha South LGA), April 1, 2020 (MOI) Newly appointed Head of Department for Primary Healthcare Agency, Onitsha South, Mrs Florence Ojukwu vowed that the local government is already tackling Coronavirus pandemic.

“We have since embarked on sensitisation missions to ensure that residents of the LG keep all the directive issued by Government,’’ Mrs Ojukwu told an Information Officer, monitoring compliance with directive to contain spread of the disease.

“We have carried this at some companies in the LG including a bleach making company here in Onitsha; we encouraged people to wash their hands regularly with soap and water under running water.’’

“We organised training on Coronavirus and its update to our health staff members and Ward Development Chairmen in the area on what to do if they suspect a case. 

“We have also taken them through how to refer to appropriate quarters and passed on phone numbers to them for referral cases. We are doing all these to see that Onitsha South is free from this virus.’’  (MOI)
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TC Chairman reels out directive on containment of COVlD-19 at Nkpor Market

By Regina Nwoye/Nkechi Nweke

Nkpor (Idemili North LGA), April 1, 2020 (MOI) Transition Committee Chairman, Idemili North Local Government Area (LGA) Ogidi, Mr Ralph Nnabuife says all directives released by Anambra State will be complied with at Nkpor Market.

Mr Nnabuife made this known to all the marketers – the sellers and the buyers alike.

He also announced all the preventive measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Nnabuife, then, made provision for buckets of water, soap and sanitisers to the marketers and also demonstrated the right ways for washing of hands under running water with soap and sanitisers.

He urged them to stop all forms of handshakes and hugging while also maintaining social distancing by at least a metre from one another. (MOI)
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