ANAMBRA State Government, through the Ministry of Health has trained the second batch of faith-based hospitals on COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies.
The training was held at Wintess Garden Hotels, Awka.
Commissioner for Health, Vincent Okpala said that the training on COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies for the second batch of faith-based hospitals in the state would help to contain the pandemic.
The first batch of faith-based hospitals was trained on February 19, by the state government through the Ministry of Health.
Dr Okpala commended them for turning out in large numbers and assured that the government would continue to play her part in the healthcare sector.
“Just like I said in the previous training we had with the first batch that the training is aimed at interacting with leadership of faith-based hospitals in the state in creating a defined approach to the pandemic ravaging the state.
“You people play a huge role in the health system, we urge the pastors among you to help us to inform your congregations while preaching that the disease was an article of science and not an article of faith.
“Scientists have been able to prove how this pandemic operates and they also have started discovering the vaccines and so, we urge the public to stop doubting whether COVID-19 is real or not.
“Government cannot be channeling all the resources toward containing this disease if actually it is not true that the pandemic exists, so we need your collaboration at this critical point,” he said.
Dr Okpala while commending the health care personnel disclosed that about 75 per cent of care rendered in the state is provided by the private/faith-based hospitals, adding that it was important the government partnered them to end the pandemic.
The commissioner emphasised on the recently introduced state COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies and according to him, it has helped to save many lives and urged them to adopt the chain in treating patients.
He commended Gov. Willie Obiano for his continued support in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
“Through his support, Anambra was rated as one of the most proficient states in health management and was ranked 2nd in terms of preparedness before the first index case in the state.”
Lectures on critical and emerging issues in COVID-19 prevention, management and control by the infection, Prevention and Control Focal Person of the state Ministry of Health, Dr Kenneth Nwokolo, also featured at the update session.
In attendance during the training include the permanent secretary, Mr Linus Nwankwo and Mrs Onyedikachi Oluchi, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Obiano on Medical Supply and Equipment.