By Nna Anulumadu
The TC chairman Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state Barr. Raphael Asha Nnabuife on Monday extolled the efforts of the executive governor of the state His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano ( Akpokue dike global) in containing the spread of Covid19 in the state.
The chairman who spoke to journalists at Ogidi said that starting from time the first index case was recorded in Lagos, governor Obiano swings into action and since then, he never relented in his commitment to stop the spread of the virus in Anambra.
He stated that although some people from accoss the states and even in other African countries are still doubting the existence of the virus but their doubt doesn’t change the reality of the pandemic. ” Some chooses to be in the dark over the realities of the pandemic because they have not had the opportunity of witnessing the burial of Covid19 victims.”
” Notwithstanding the doubting Thomases, Covid19 is real. We have seen and have had about prominent people that this virus has knocked life out of them and they are no more with us. No body should joke with it”
The chairman disclosed that his local government has continued to educate and sensitize people on Covid19 preventive measures such as the need to keep social distance, washing of hands regularly, using of sanitizers and face masks so that the virus will not spread to communities and various families.
According to him, Idemili North Local Government has also done well in assisting to combat the spread of Covid19, revealing that during the first lockdown, his council distributed sanitizers, food items, face masks and so many things to encourage people to stay at home and make sure they obey all the protocols. “In addition to palliatives from the state government, my council also distributed buckets, sanitizers, face masks in all the markets within the local council area.”
“Sometimes you can notice that people can be so recalcitrant. They don’t believe the virus exist and It is unfortunate. We continue to carry out enlightenment programme on Covid19 through radio, television, town criers in all the towns and villages in Anambra state till date just to make sure our people understand that this virus is a killer. Unfortunately some people still don’t believe. But we will continue and will not relent the state government has not relented too.”
He made it clear that the governor has continued to provide funds so that the traditional rulers, chairmen of various villages and wards and transition committee chairmen will regularly educate people in all the communities and local governments. “The governor who is always passionate about well fair of his citizens, approved sharing of food materials such as rice to Ndi Anambra in order to cushion the effects of the lockdown. Down here in our local council we also assisted in sharing the food materials to the beneficiaries.”
The chairman further extolled the commissioner of health, Commissioner for local government, the transition committee chairmen, the president generals of the various communities, the state task force on Covid19, for their untiring efforts in helping to reach out to the communities members, identifying those who have Covid19 symptoms and making them available for proper testing since the outbreak of Covid19.
“We hope that one day everyone will come to understand the realities of the pandemic. Good to note that majority of the people now wears masks because they have realized the truth about how deadly Covid19 is.”