ANAMBRA State Head of Service (HOS), Harry Udu has urged workers and Ndi Anambra to practice all proactive measures announced by government in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic, even as he commended the efforts of workers on essential duties, who had been in the fore-front in the battle against the spread of the deadly disease.
“I wish to most specially thank those in essential duties, who risk their lives and those of their family members to ensure that we remain safe and alive.”
Udu said this while being interviewed by an Anambra State Information Officer on a monitoring mission in his Amawbia residence, Awka South Local Government Area.
He called on Ndi Anambra to continue to practice such preventive measures as social distancing, hand washing under running water as well as use of hand sanitisers. “Try to also use face masks, if you must go out but above all, stay at home”.
He said these measures were in line with world’s best practices for prevention of COVID-19 menace.
The HOS, however, acknowledged that there were hardships that the situation posed to families, especially the daily income earners.
“Government is aware of these difficulties in the ‘stay at home’ directive but the pandemic is such that will fizzle out with time if we keep religiously to the recommendations.
“It is better for everyone to endure the hardships in order to stay alive,” MrUdu said.
He noted that it was for these envisaged hardships that prompted Anambra Government to begin the implementation of palliative programmes, where it started distributing bags of rice to the vulnerable persons in the state.
He praised the government for being sensitive to the plight of the people and being proactive in the control of the pandemic through the establishment of the disease control centres across the state.
He called on civil servants, who he described as part of the enlightened community to join in sustaining the sensitisation of the masses on healthy practices expected of them at these trying times.
Udu urged workers not to panic as “the governor remains a father with a good heart, who even during the economic meltdown did not default in payment of salaries and allowances.
“I don’t see the government falling short of expectations because if the governor can offer palliatives to those not serving under it, how much more those serving the government,” he said.
Udu called on the people of the state to remain strong and supportive of government, bearing in mind that COVID-19 is real. “We shall win this course together”.