Ahead of the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6, 2021, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Akachukwu Sullivan Nwankpo, on Monday, called on the good people of Anambra to wake up to the ravaging effects of Corona Virus disease in the country.
The former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan made the call when he received a group of young Anambra student doctors and ‘Extern’ who paid a solidarity visit at his country home at Okija.
Addressing the guests, Nwankpo said that governments should continue to make efforts to increase overall vaccine coverage and lower community transmission, emphasising public health measures remain the foundation of the pandemic response.
He said, “Community transmission of COVID-19 continues in many areas across Nigeria, and new variants of concern have been identified and are circulating. Efforts should be made to protect yourself and others”.
Nwankpo thanked the state government and public health authorities for the huge success story Anambra state has recorded since the pandemic.
He, however, urged the state government to continue to make public health decisions, adjust restrictions depending on COVID-19 activity in the state.
“To prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, governments should continue to apply public health measures in communities and settings where people gather. We should intensify the awareness and sensitisation campaign especially, now the state is embarking on electioneering campaigns. Let’s think ahead about the actions we can take to stay healthy, prevent the spread of COVID-19”, he said.
Speaking on his governorship ambition, Nwankpo said that if elected as the governor, he would strengthen the healthcare system, make policies that would make every family in Anambra to access healthcare services with ease. He promised to engineer health reforms in the state, a situation whereby the healthcare providers would be proud of their government.