The reported 12 deaths and 101 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Anambra state in the latest update of statistics released by the Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) have taken the state to the drawing board, as governor Willie Obiano has mapped out strategies to meet the target of 4,425 tests per week or 115, 974 tests for the state from July to December this year.

To meet this national average target set by the Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC), the government plans to appropriate the best out of the successfully established major testing facility at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, in addition to deployment of considerable number of specialists to collect samples from the populace.

Governor Obiano, had, in a state-wide broadcast said, “However, our efforts will be in vain without the cooperation of our people. It may be interesting to note that from the testing expectations distributed to every state of the federation by the NCDC, Anambra State is expected to have done a total of 115, 974 tests in the next six months.

“Details of the figure shows that Anambra must do a total of 4,425 tests per week to meet the national average. Ndi Anambra, with our new molecular lab, we can surpass that figure. But we must work together to surpass it. That is why I am appealing to all the traditional rulers and all the leaders of the church as well opinion leaders to assist the state in creating more awareness on the need for people to go for tests.

He further announced that the state has conducted 590 tests out of 618 samples, and expressed happiness that a total of 77 people have successfully recovered from Covid-19 through a careful management by the special Covid-19 medical team.

Obiano while calling for effective compliance to guidelines, early testing and treatment, said, “Ndi Anambra, the experience we have gained from managing the pandemic shows that early case detection and management play a major role in patients’ survival of Covid-19. Available data shows that all the patients who submitted to our call for early testing and treatment by our team survived the pandemic.

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