The Oru-West IMC Chairman/Imo State Chairman ALGON Hon.Willie T.C.Okolieogwo (Ome ka odinma N’Oru) has affirmed that healthcare workers worldwide and in Oru-West LGA have indispensable primary responsibility in saving lives,they are in predicament, forefront risks in the inevitable war against the deadly COVID-19, hence by extension and inference, after Almighty God the Creator, healthcare professionals are custodians of our lives.
Thus, he appealed to them to be attentive and serious- minded during the lectures at the 4-day training of Oru-West health workers with the theme “PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) AT PRIMARY HEALTHCARE AND COMMUNITY LEVEL” sponsored by National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Imo State Government and Oru-West LGA.
Hon. Okolieogwo stated this, Monday 15th June, 2020, at the Oru-West council hall while declaring open the training for Oru-West healthcare workers slated for dissemination at the Oru-West rural levels.
The Oru-West LGA Chairman expressed appreciation for the timely training.He posited that Governor Hope Uzodinma’s proactive, vibrant and unrelenting dexterity, punctuated and debarred COVID-19 deadly prowess from devastating the lives of Imolites.Hon Okolieogwo catalogued the series of decisive actions the governor implemented within two weeks of being abreast of COVID-19 pandemic and its death toll globally.
The actions include appointment of 27 LGA Interim Managing Committee chairmen with a directive of replicating all precautionary measures at extrication of COVID-19 pandemic from devastating Imo State at the local governments levels. Fumigation of public offices and markets,procurement and distribution of hand sanitizers,face masks cum setting up of sensitization teams to enlighten the rural dwellers about the coronavirus disease, and its precautionary measures. Moreso, availing of palliative food items and cash to ameliorate the harsh effects of the lockdown policy in the state.
Hon Okolieogwo revealed that Oru-West LGA which is located at the boundary of Imo State and Anambra State was confronted with more stringent measures especially locking up the border, hence he constituted a 28-man powerful task force to wage aggressive battle against the disease and to prevent its entry via Anambra State.
Okolieogwo expressed disappointment at the attitude of some individuals who are still skeptical about the existence of COVID-19 pandemic despite the glaring fact that the disease has sent hundreds of thousands of human beings to their untimely graves globally and still counting. He urged the healthcare workers numbering over 50 with 8 resource persons; comprising 7 health professionals and one staff of National Orientation Agency to assimilate all they are taught and disseminate same to the rural dwellers in Oru-West LGA, emphasising that COVID-19 pandemic is real and deadly.
Earlier in a welcome speech, the Head of Oru-West Environmental Health Department, Mr Seth Ihenacho stated that the training is aimed at equipping healthcare workers of Oru-West LGA on how to fight against COVID-19 pandemic as well as educate them on how to protect themselves while treating COVID-19 patients at the Oru-West rural areas.
In her lectures, the Imo State Facilitator for Oru-West LGA from Primary Healthcare Development Agency Owerri,Mrs Doreen Abara posited that COVID-19 pandemic is here with us and lectured on : understand the trends of COVID-19 pandemic, methods of preventing the spread,the respiratory hygiene, hand washing hygiene, physical distance maintenance, avoidance of crowded vicinity, use of face masks and hand sanitizers. She further confirmed that the training is sponsored by National Primary Healthcare Development Agency in collaboration with Imo State Government, Oru-West Council and foreign partners. Other 6 resource persons including Mrs Ngozi Oguike of the National Orientation Agency’s Staff incharge of Oru-West and Mrs Ozioma Iwuoha a management nurse; staff of Oru-West Health Department inculcated in the participants the precautionary measures and advised the participants to be incisive, and vibrant in the dissemination of all they learnt to the rural dwellers.