It’s Shameful Anambra Lacks Covid-19 Test Centres — PDP

… says facemasks not ideal without regular tests

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Peoples Democratic Party has described as appalling and shameful the outright lack of a Covid-19 test centre in Anambra state.

The party maintained that the state government could not claim that the state was safe when tests were not  conducted to ascertain the Covid-19 status of the the citizenry.

Speaking to NewsProbe in an exclusive interview, the state publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra, Hon. Nnamdi Nwangwu, stated that the PDP was serious when it requested for a location to set up a testing centre in Anambra State within three weeks.

Nwangwu stated that the compassionate disposition of the party  was clarified further after the very impressive COVID-19 intervention by the PDP in the state capital, Awka on Saturday May 16, 2020.

He recalled that PDP stakeholders in the state had on Saturday 16th May, 2020 made a whopping contribution of N125 million towards the establishment of a coronavirus test centre in the state,  beginning with the vice presidential candidate of the party in the last general election, Peter Obi, with N40 million, PDP senators representing Anambra with N10 million each, the PDP HoR members representing Anambra with N5 million each, the PDP HoA members with N1 million each and other stakeholders, including 2021 gubernatorial aspirants all contributing handsomely to the project.

Nwangwu emphasised that there was nothing like political talk regarding the request for a location to set up a testing centre for the benefit of the citizens.

“The story is usually that Anambra is safe regarding the COVID-19 infections but how can one really ascertain a state is safe if there is no testing centre anywhere in the state?

“Testing centres or, at least one, is the first thing a state should set up alongside isolation centres in this  battle against this pandemic.

“Yes, the state government is trying but it can definitely do more. It is truly very appalling that a vibrant state like Anambra has no testing centre.

“Our people need effective tests to know exactly if we are in danger or not. Allowing everyone to walk freely, even though with facemasks, is not ideal if regular tests are not carried out to ascertain our level of contamination.

“Without tests, people walk carelessly about, flouting social distancing rules recklessly. Setting up testing centres is long overdue but we can no longer overlook this very important aspect,” Nwangwu posited.

The PDP spokesman in Anambra therefore called on the state government and indeed the federal government not to politicise the issue by wasting undue time in allocating space to set up a Covid-19 testing centre in the state.

He said, “This is not a matter of politics. This is a matter of life and death and we should all work together.

“The state government can’t do everything. We know and that is the more reason it should shake the hand of assistance being offered to it. Even if it had concluded plans to set up one; having two testing centres in a state is even better, especially if that state is Anambra.”

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