20 February 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Medical Practitioners have been advised to be more proactive in identifying COVID-19 symptoms to contain the spread.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala gave the advice during the State Government’s Covid-19 update with leadership of Faith -based hospitals across the State in Awka.
Dr. Okpala stressed that early treatment of the disease within two days of contraction could prevent the death of a patient.
He stressed the need for Covid-19 tests to be conducted immediately a symptom is identified.
The Commissioner stated that if the war against Covid-19 in the State must be won which at the moment stands at eight-point-one percent positivity rate against one-point-two percent last year, medical personnel must be one step ahead in the management and control of the disease.
He further announced that all hospitals in the State must be ready to begin Covid-19 treatment in accordance with the guidelines to be released soon by the state Government .
Dr. Okpala highlighted that close to seventy-five percent of health care services were been rendered by private hospitals, made up of faith- based hospitals, hence the need as critical stakeholders in the health sector, to be properly involved in formulation of health policies and implementation.
The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Health aimed at enhancing partnership between the hospitals and government for improved healthcare delivery for the people of Anambra.