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A Special Broadcast on Covid-19 by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano on Wednesday June 10, 2020.

By Emeka Ozumba
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Ndi Anambra ekenem unu-o!
I am here to give you an update on the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in our dear state. As we are all aware, there is a surge in the incidence of Covid-19 nationwide at the moment. Ndi Anambra, I have repeatedly warned that as we ramp up our testing campaign, the number of Covid-19 cases would go up. It should not surprise anyone therefore that the number of Covid-19 cases has gone up in our dear state with the increased number of testing. Interestingly, that is the pattern of the nationwide spread of the pandemic at this moment in time.

However, as I have assured you in my previous addresses, we have made adequate arrangements to contain the virus in Anambra State. So, I would advise everyone to remain calm. There is no need to panic. If we continue to carry out all the safety measures outlined in the Covid-19 protocol by both the World Health Organization and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, we shall survive this pandemic.

Update on Cases:
Ndi Anambra, following our Active Search Campaign across the state, we have collected a total of 302 samples so far. Out of this figure, 230 results have been released to us while 72 results are still pending with the NCDC testing center. Out of the 230 results that have been released to us, 53 results returned positive, 13 patients have been discharged, 9 people have passed away while 31 cases are still active. In the meantime, 7 patients are in our Protective Care Center, receiving medical attention.

Ndi Anambra, it is important to note that the medical status of 7 of the 9 patients who died of Covid-19 in this state was confirmed after a postmortem test on them. In other words, they did not come to our Protective Care Center for professional management. This is why I must warn that delay is often dangerous in the management of Covid-19 cases. People who show symptoms of this deadly virus are advised to report their conditions early as it increases their chances of surviving this pandemic.

Umu nnem, I must also inform you that almost 90% of the people that have died from Covid-19 in our state were aged from 60 years and above. It is therefore important that people who fall into this age category who are said to have what the experts call co-mobility, should maintain a high level of vigilance to minimize chances of their exposure to the virus. Ndi Anambra, I must also emphasize that this pandemic does not select its victims based on age. In fact, one of the victims of the virus in this state was only 24 years old. And this is why we must all maintain a high level of vigilance to survive this scourge.

The Covid-19 Law:
Ndi Anambra, I cannot conclude this address without reminding you that the Anambra State Covid-19 and Other Dangerous Diseases Prevention and Eradication Law has come into effect. The Law makes it an offence for anyone to appear in public without wearing a face mask. It is important that we observe this law diligently because it will enhance our chances of surviving the onslaught of this pandemic. Again, we are determined to ensure that anyone who flouts this law will be brought to judgment. Umu nnem, I advise everyone to ensure the strictest compliance with this law.

Our Healthcare Workers:
As we intensify efforts in the on-going Active Case Search Campaign, the increase in positive cases will definitely test the resolve and capacity of our healthcare workers. These people are our first line of defence against this pandemic and we must always reserve a kind word for them. They are putting in a lot of work to ensure that this virus allows our people the chance to breathe. So far, our healthcare workers have justified our confidence in them with their impressive performance. Jisienu ike. Dalunu.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, Umu nnem, onye ndi ilo gbara gburugburu na eche ndu ya nche mgbe dum. The Covid-19 pandemic is an enemy that seeks to surround humanity with its virulent touch. Ndi Anambra only the grace of God and our own eternal vigilance will save us from the onslaught of this pandemic. I have no doubt that if we continue to maintain a high level of vigilance by complying with the standard Covid-19 protocol from the WHO and NCDC, we shall outlive this pandemic.

Jisienu ike!
Unu adakwana mba!
God bless Anambra State