Anambra State Commissioner Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, has commended the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for active response in handling the disease through surveillance of state response in coronavirus testing.
Dr. Okpala made the commendation during a courtesy visit by the team from the PTF on COVID-19 in his office at the State Secretariat in Awka.
The commissioner, while welcoming the visitors noted that the visit would help the country to know areas that call for more attention.
He hinted that a total of sixteen thousand four hundred persons had so far been tested for the virus, adding that the state had mapped out policies to tackle the virus including Tracing, Testing and Treatment.
He informed them that the state government created a decentralized structure that allowed easy sample collection from the twenty one Local Government Areas.
Okpala, while enumerating the challenges faced in the fight against COVID -19 including logistics and acquisition of cartridges, appealed for Federal Government’s support in providing prompt solutions to the problems.
Leader of the team, Mr. Austen Anyakorah said that the purpose of their visit was to carry out surveillance and situation report on COVID-19 testing rate in the state.
Anyakorah said that they would go to the field to make observations and report to the PTF and assured the Commissioner that he would be briefed at the conclusion of their tour of the state.