As the campaign against the coronavirus pandemic in Anambra State enters the phase of community searching, the state government has decided to establish a COVID-19 Task Force in each of the twenty- one local government areas in the state.
A release signed by the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment C. Don Adinuba, states that each Task Force will be headed by the Chairman of the Transition Committee, and members will comprise the Health Officer, Information Officer, Disease and Surveillance Officer and the Ministry of Health Covid-19 Laision Officer in the Local Government Area.
It adds that the government has also decided to set up a COVID-19 Task Force in each of the three hundred and twenty-six wards in the state and members will be the Ministry of Health Liaison Officer, the Officer in charge of the main Primary Healthcare in the ward, the Youth Leader in the Ward, the Woman Leader in the ward, the Development Ward Chairman and will be headed by the Councilor of the ward.
According to the release both Task Forces are to take to the grassroots the message of the dangers of COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread of the virus.
The release enjoins members of various communities to provide relevant information to the Task Forces in the Local Government Areas and in the three hundred and twenty-six wards in Anambra State.
It states that relevant information including the presence of strangers in their midst, the return of persons who have in the last two weeks been to states with high incidences of the coronavirus pandemic and individuals who exhibit such COVID-19 symptoms as dry cough, constant sneezing and shortness of breath which should be be reported to their community leaders like Town Union Presidents General and Traditional Rulers.
The release states that some people are already cooperating with the authorities in this respect as the travel history of the second COVID-19 case was provided by vigilant and patriotic members of his community who knew he travelled to Kano towards the end of April and returned secretly to his base in the Awka Capital Territory on May sixth, 2020.