By Joy Odor
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has disclosed that primary healthcare professionals from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) have been deployed to strengthen and integrate risk communication with the planned training of primary healthcare workers and community mobilizers to identify new cases and drive demand for COVID-19 testing.
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire who disclosed this in a statemebt by Eunice Akro, the Assistant Director of Information & Head of Press said the status of the COVID-19 infections confirmed at 1,728 with 196 new infections as of 30th of April, 2020.
The Minister said with the scaling up of case findings and testing, it is being discovered that there is a surge in numbers. Dr. Ehanire said even at that, the Federal Government is determined to ensure health service provision does not suffer at primary health care level.
“With Government’s resolve to see that primary health care is not neglected, the Honourable Minister has directed that NPHCDA anchors community engagement and mobilization for COVID-19.”
At the Presidential Task Force Briefing, Dr. Ehanire appealed to property owners to recognize the imminent needs and social responsibility of working with State Governments by making their facilities available for temporary use in emergency situations, noting that the fight against COVID-19 should not be left to the government alone.
“We must all take collective ownership of the health and well-being of our citizens.”