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Do not take gradual reopening of economy for granted as COVID-19 persist, health expert

Akpo (Aguata LGA)-Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has called on Ndi Anambra not to take the gradual reopening of the economy for granted because the Coronavirus pandemic is still active.

Dr Okpala made the call while speaking at the Akpo New Yam Festival Celebration at the Central School Field on Sept 19.

The commissioner said: “government’s gradual reopening of schools and other sectors of the economy are aimed at reducing the sufferings of the people as a result of the lockdown introduced by the government to check Coronavirus pandemic.

“Coronavirus pandemic is still active. Many tests conducted are still being returned positive.

“The battle is not yet won. So, keep COVID-19 protocols such as washing of hands with soap under running water regularly, having a sanitiser to contend non availability of water.

“Others include putting on a face mask as you go out, staying away from one another with a distance of 2 metres at every occasion and avoiding of handshakes.

“Observance of all these maybe inconveniencing, yet we need them to stay safe and tell stories of Coronavirus pandemic,’’ he observed.

The commissioner enjoined Ndi Akpo to be patient with Anambra State Government as it was already sharing in the pains of bad roads in the town.

“Some of the roads are already under consideration. Let us hope that they will be attended to before expiration of this tenure.’’

Earlier, Igwe Jonathan Okpalaezecha (Nnamoshimiri 11 of Akpo) thanked God for this year’s bountiful harvest, pleading with Him for a better harvest next year.

Igwe Okpalaezecha while cutting the roast yam as culture demanded, tagged, “it yam of peace and progress’, urging Ndi Akpo to remain peaceful and united.

He, then, asked for continued brotherly-minded coexistence as Akpo people were known for and helped one another to succeed in life.

The occasion featured Igbankwa, a cultural dance of the title holders.

 

Source: Anambra State Government