ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala, has dedicated the award he received from I-Witness Media to his ministry and to the state COVID-19 Action Team.
Dr Okpala commended the group for bridging the information gap on the functions of Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration in the state.
The commissioner, while speaking at the event marking the 2nd year anniversary of the I-Witness group noted that they had distinguished themselves in public with their live update on government activities.
“The great work you people do in the state has been truly commendable by bridging the gap between what the governments is doing and what the masses need to know.
“With respect to this award, I am dedicating it to the COVID-19 team and to people working tirelessly with us at this critical period of the pandemic.
“I must as well commend Gov. Willie Obiano for his style of leadership as posterity will really remember his administration for setting the foundation for a new Anambra.
“The ongoing Anambra Airport and the International Conference Centre were projects that were highly praiseworthy.
“On health, Anambra was the first state to have gone ahead to have an automated external defibrillator in public places and no other state had done that.
“External defibrillator is a device that recognises ventricular fibrillation and other dysrhythmias and delivers electric shock at the right time,” he said.
Dr Okpala explained that the recent activities of #EndSARS can be tagged virus propagating and sustaining events because people in different states gathered together thereby helping the virus to escalate.
“It seems that this virus has a way of keeping itself alive in the system by entering the brain of those in the society with the recent protests across the country.
“We carry out 200 tests or more. We are likely to have up to three to four positives and it is one of the lowest in the country.
“So it will not be right to keep silent when I know that we still have the virus around and the worst part of it is that people no longer comply with the COVID-19 preventive measures.
“Let’s keep observing the COVID-19 preventive measures already in place in order to keep the state at bay. I must say that we did a great job at the heat of the pandemic,” he remarked.
I-Witness’ second year anniversary and award ceremony was held at the Conference Hall of the Secretary to the State Government, Awka.