COVID-19: Enugu Govt commences decontamination of schools, secretariat; trains medical personnel; Mrs Ugwuanyi distributes Aisha Buhari’s palliatives to indigent women

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In line with keeping to the COVID-19 protocols to curtail the spread of the disease, Enugu State Government has commenced the decontamination of schools and secretariat for resumption of work and re-opening of schools.

Chief Fire of the Enugu State Fire Service, Okwudili Ohaa, made this known in Enugu on Friday.

He said that the decontamination exercise will start from Queens School, Enugu.

” As we are decontaminating Schools in Enugu, our men at Nsukka will be decontaminating schools at that axis starting with the Federal Secondary School, Leje, ” he said.

Ohaa said that the decontamination of state secretariates will be on Saturday for resumption of work as directed by the state government.

” The state government directed that civil servants should go back to work as from Monday hence the need for the decontamination of the secretariat, ” he said.

He added that Enugu State Government made a good arrangement for all schools to be decontaminated.

” Enugu State Government has made a good arraignment for all schools in the state to be decontaminated.

” It may interest you to know that the state government will provide hand washing facilities in all the secondary schools.

” Also, disinfectants will be provided to the schools to help in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 to our schools and the safety of the students and their teachers, ” Ohaa said.
The state government has also trained personnel of the Fire Service and Ministry of Health workers on COVID-19 infection, prevention and control to help curtail the spread of the pandemic in the state.

Declaring the occasion open in Enugu, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s office, Mrs Chioma Ugwu, said that COVID-19 is a novel disease which has claimed many lives.

She lamented that many people in Enugu State did not believe that the pandemic exists. “COVID-19 is real but in Enugu State, some people do not believe that COVID-19 exits. We in Government House know it exists.

“From the Office of the Deputy Governor for the past four months, we have been going round telling people there is COVID-19. We launched facemasks at Okpara Square. We distributed palliatives to people. We work from morning to morning. Actually, there is COVID-19

” Some people said it is a rich man’s sickness. It’s everybody’s case. Everybody is supposed to have sanitiser. Let us continue to educate Enugu State that there is COVID-19″, she said.
The permanent secretary noted that the training is ” train the trainer type. It’s expected that participants will go back and train others”.
Ezeilo added that those present were all opportuned to have attended the event, noting that they will have a lot to go home with after the programme.

” We are here to learn and know the best way to prevent and control COVID-19 and to help in its campaign in the state, ” she said.

In her presentation on Infection Prevention and Control, Dr. Chinyere Ezeudu, an Epidemiologist in the Enugu State Ministry of Health, said that “COVID-19 is novel and it keeps changing. The objective is to be reasonably informed on the basics of COVID-19.

“To reasonably be introduced to infection, prevention and control and standard precautions in healthcare delivery . To learn the skill of donning and doffing of PPEs in decontamination activities
“Many people had died, we need to know how best to use the equipment to avoid getting the disease. ”

Ezeudu, who represented the Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Obi, said that the standard recommendation for COVID-19 prevention is covering of mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

Others includes ”Avoiding close unprotected contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing, thorough cooking of meat and other animal products and washing of hands after contact with animals, ” she said.

Ezeudu noted that the pandemic is commonly spread through environmental conditions such as overcrowding. Humidity, hygiene, temperature, air pollution, poor medical care infection prevention and control (IPC) measures quality and access.

According to her, the aged, cigarette smokers, those with low immune and nutritional status and those with underlying medical conditions are vulnerable to the pandemic.

Speaking, the Chief Fire Service Officer in Enugu State, Okwudili Ohaa, urged the citizens to adhere to the Health protocol.

He said that the one day lecture means a lot to the men of the state fire service and the health workers as the forefront officers.

He, therefore, called on those who still thought that COVID-19 pandemic is not real to accept that it is real and observe the COVID-19 guidelines for their safety.

Speaking, the Facilities and Head of Community Medicine, ESUT Teaching Hospital, Dr Eddy Ndibuaga,
said that they have been treating patients at the hospital and had been succeeding

Ndibuaga, who is also in charge of Infection Prevention and Control, said that the state government “has really done a lot in the fight against the pandemic”.

The state leader, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), also noted that Enugu State government mobilised Presidents General of all the communities for sensitisation of their people.

He advised the citizens not to be scared of the pandemic and should feel free to go for test for early detection and treatment.

” There is no reason to stigmatise those infected because it is just like any other killer diseases.

” People should feel free to test and then take proper treatment as early discovery is the better option for possitive response, ” he said.
Meanwhile, wife of Enugu State Governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, has distributed COVID-19 palliatives which included food items and face masks donated by the wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, to indigent women drawn from the 17 Local Government Areas of the state to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the event held at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, Mrs. Ugwuanyi enlightened the women on the precautionary measures for containing the spread of COVID-19, as by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) spelt out.

She told them that COVID-19 is real, it kills people, and does not discriminate between the rich and the poor.

The governor’s wife advised the women to wash their hands regularly with running water and soap, avoid touching their faces, wear face masks always, avoid crowded places and maintain social/physical distancing.

She told the women that the palliatives were donated to them through her office by the Aisha Buhari Foundation.
She appreciated Mrs Buhari for the gift and commitment to the wellbeing of the women, especially the less privileged and the vulnerable groups.

Speaking at the event, the wife of the Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Enugu State and Chairman of Udenu LGA, Mrs. Ugochi Onah, expressed gratitude to Hajia Buhari and Mrs. Ugwuanyi for their kind gestures to the less privileged.

She said that selection of the beneficiaries were done following the
vision of the President’s wife and the wife of the Enugu State governor, noting that the poorest of the poor were carefully selected across the 17 LGAs of the state.

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