Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala has expressed regrets over poor attitude of Ndi Anambra to COVID-19 preventive measures, even as 3rd wave is ravaging the country.
Okpala expressed his worries while interacting with Information Officers, at the Central School Field Akpo, venue of Akpo the celebration of a New Yam.
He said: “it is disturbing to note that 99 per cent of the people in this celebration are not putting on their facemasks.
“It touches me more when I remember how much I have cried, begged and directed our people to be conscious of COVID-19 preventive measures.
“The scourge is here with us in a more deadly dimension. COVID-19 Delta variant is what is dealing with us now in this wave.
“It is more deadly as it kills faster. Even with availability of COVID-19 vaccines, preventive measures are important.
“The vaccines are certified safe without side effects of any kind. I have personally completed my required doses. I encourage everybody to go for it.
“Even after going for it, we shall not stop from being careful.
“Put on your facemask as you come out of your house. Wash your hands with soap thoroughly under a running water.
“Avoid avoidable crowded places, like wise travels. Use alcohol-based sanitisers where water is not available.
“People are falling under COVID-19 pandemic on daily basis. Medical professional ethics will not allow us to mention their names. We know them, even here at Akpo.”
Dr Okpala enjoined Ndi Akpo to prepare for the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial Election; participate in the process.
“Register and acquire your voters’ cards, ready for the polls. It is as important as eating food.’’
In a remark, Chairman of the occasion, Nze Dominic Onyebuchi, asked Ndi Akpo to forgive one another, work on the part of peace.
“No meaningful development can be achieved under an atmosphere lacking peace.
“So, those of us that are offended should drop the offence for us to progress”.
Igwe Jonathan Okpalaezecha, of Akpo, an Architect, while breaking kolanut thanked God for this years’ harvest, pleading with God for a better harvest next year.
He prayed for blessings to Ndi Akpo at home and abroad.
President General, Akpo Development Association (ADA), Nze Henry C Dim thanked all in attendance for making out time to be present.
The occasion featured cutting and eating of roast yam, drinking palm wine and dancing to Nkwa cultural dance.