Anambra Govt partners religious leaders to curb COVID-19 spread

The Ministry of Health in Anambra has urged religious leaders to support its efforts in curbing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to ensure safety of people.

Dr Vincent Okpala, the Health, made the on Wednesday while addressing Bishops and priests of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese in Onitsha.

Okpala said that religious leaders, were authorities and influencers in the society, have important roles to play in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“In times of pandemic like this, people turn to Churches or Mosques health and hope, which is why we want to partner with leaders of faith-based groups to keep people safe.

“The state government has invested resource to contain the spread of COVID-19, the major problem has been lack of compliance by people.

“As religious leaders, we want you to make the out of this pandemic by becoming part of the solution to curb its spread.

“During preaching, you can help persuade and educate people that preventing the spread of COVID-19 and loss of lives realistically requires more efforts than just prayers.

“It is important to adhere to the health guidelines,” he said.

The also explained the state’s COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies, which was introduced in January.

According to him, the strategies are Compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols and early of symptoms.

“Others are early identification with the system; early diagnosis and initiation of treatment by healthcare personnel; early initiation of contact tracing; early notification of results and initiation of treatment.

“These strategies have enabled early treatment and management of COVID-19 cases as well as reduce mortality rate,” he said.

Okpala commended the Bishop, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, seeking proper knowledge on COVID-19 to help protect and save the lives of priests and congregation.

Responding, Okeke commended the state government for its proactive measures in the against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He said that the COVID-19 updates from the would go a way in the against the pandemic.

He, however, promised that the Church would continue to advocate and enforce all the preventive measures instituted by the state government.

“I personally invited the commissioner so that we help the state government to talk to the people.

“Now that we have the right knowledge on COVID-19, we not relent in letting the congregation know what they are supposed to know and do,’’ he said. (NAN)