Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Health has trained faith-based hospitals in the state on COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala urged the participants to step up their level of suspicion and identification of COVID-19 symptoms which were the primary course of treatment and containment of the disease.
Dr Okpala said this during one-day training on the State COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies and COVID-19 update with faith-based hospitals held in Awka.
State COVID-19 Chain of Survival Strategies as follows, Compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols, Early recognition of symptoms, Early identification with the system, Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment by healthcare personnel.
Others are, Early initiation of contact tracing, Early notification of results and initiation of treatment.
Dr Okpala explained that early recognition of symptoms was extremely important and if followed religiously there would be no mortality rate.
He added that early identification with the structures had enabled early treatment and management of the disease in the state.
According to him the interaction with the faith-based hospitals in the state will help to create a defined approach to the pandemic ravaging the state.
Dr Okpala commended them, noting that about 75 per cent of care rendered in the state was provided by private hospitals while adding that it was important that the government partnered with them to end the pandemic.
The commissioner further emphasised that early treatment of the disease within two days of contracting the disease had a higher chance of stopping the death of patients.
He also stated that hospitals in the state should brace up to begin COVID-19 treatment as guidelines would soon be released by the state government while noting that seventy-five percent of healthcare services are rendered by private hospitals that are made up of faith-based hospitals.
Lectures on critical and emerging issues in C0VID-19 prevention, management and control by the Infection, Prevention and Control by the Chief Focal Person from the state ministry of health, Dr Kenneth Nwokolo formed the highlight of the day.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr Linus Nwankwo, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe, Director Public Health/Diseases Control, State Epidemiologist, Dr Chukwuma Emembolu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor on Medical Supplies, Mrs Jennifer Onyedikachi were present during the training.