Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja, has donated intervention materials to Anambra State government to support it’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The items are ten buckets of chlorine and sixteen gallons of microcide chemicals, twenty pieces of helmet, eighteen pieces of coverall aprons, fifteen pieces of eye goggles, eighteen nose masks, twenty-two pairs of hand gloves, and fifteen pieces of reflective jackets.
While presenting the items, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmud Abubakar said the intervention was to complement Anambra State government’s efforts at managing and containing the spread of the virus in the state, expressing satisfaction with the measures being put in place by government and the state COVID-19 Action Committee in containing the spread.
Dr. Abubakar, represented by Assistant Director, Environmental Health Services in the Ministry, Mrs. Chris-Benjamin Uche, called on government to empower trained Environmental Health Officers in the state to enable them to drive COVID-19 messages to the grassroots, adding that the Environmental Health Officers will, embark on decontamination of major offices in the state.
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, who thanked the Federal Ministry of Environment for the intervention said all items donated will help in the successful fight against the pandemic, noting that Anambra State government had embarked on decontamination of public places, including markets, as part of measures in containing the spread of the virus in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Anambra State Ministry of Environment, Dr. Emmanuel Okafor, State Project Coordinator for NEWMAP, Mr. Mike Ivenso and Environmental Health Officers from both the state and Federal Ministries of Environment, were present during the donation.