THE Transition Chairman of Idemili South LGA, Amambra State, Don Unachukwu has tasked the COVID-19 Taskforce members recently formed at both local government and political ward levels to fish out sick returnees.
Unachukwu made the call recently while addressing newsmen at the council secretariat, Ojoto, saying that despite the interstate boarder lockdownm, people were still sneaking in and out of the state.
He eulogised the proactive measures taken by Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in combating the coronavirus pandemic in the state, describing it as second to none in the entire federation.
“The latest strategy is the formation of the COVID -19 Taskforce at both LG and ward levels with the major task of fishing out infiltrators who defied the interstate lockdown.
“It is a laudable venture. Idemili South has 12 wards within the seven communities of the LGA. Each ward was directed to form a five- member taskforce.
“The five members include: Transition member/councilor (leader), youth leader, women leader, WDC member of the primary healthcare centerand a neutral person which must be a woman.
“The parent body, LG COVID- 19 Taskforce is made up of about more than 11 members, headed by myself, the Chairman, others include the PRO, HOD Health, HOD Environmental Health, Social Mobilization Officer,Health.
” The taskforce team, especially at ward level is to go about fishing out who came into the community from other states and alert the authorities for proper testing especially if the person is sick.
“They are closer to the people. They know the neighborhood and can easily recognise a new face. If they are suspicious or wary, they should report to appropriate authority.
“It will be cumbersome to carry the testing kits about from house to house. If the taskforce take the task seriously, I think Anambra will be safeguarded from spread of COVID-19 infection”, said Unachukwu.
Some of the councilors said that they have submitted names of the COVID- 19 Taskforce formed at the various wards to the LG boss
They further suggested that the taskforce members would need more orientation as regards their responsibilities so as not to incure the wrath of community members or cause embarrassment.
The councilor, representing Oba Ward 2, Chukwuemeka Obienu said that he had been sensitising the people on the need to continue implementing the personal preventive measures.
Also, councilor representing Oba Ward 1, Ebuka Chibueze, suggested that both the community members and the taskforce team need more orientation on their duties for efficiency and effectiveness.
Councilor, representing Ojoto Ward, Uche Mozie said that they were still expecting further directives from both state and local government but it was noted that there was no suspected COVID-19 case in Ojoto.