Reporter : LAWRENCE NWOKEDI
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State says his administration will do all it can to assist the Federal Medical center Umuahia (FMC) in ensuring that the newly built Abia Care Center is put into good use.
Governor Ikpeazu made this known during the inauguration of the 50 Bed ultra-modern health facility at FMC Umuahia built by concerned Abia professionals. The Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Ude Okochukwu, commended the initiators of the project, stating that it would go along way in enhancing the health sector in the state.
He enumerated some of the achievements of his administration in the fight against COVID19 pandemic.
They include active community case search on the pandemic, provision of 209 bed spaces for isolation and treatment of COVID-19 patients in Umuahia and Aba, establishment of sample collection centers in each of the seventeen local government areas of the state and two testing centers in Umuahia and Aba.
The Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora, while appreciating the efforts of the concerned Abia professionals for the project, noted that the center would serve as a selfless and partnership program among the private sector, federal and state governments.
The Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the pandemic had made government to take some decisive measures in tackling it and urged Nigerians not to think that the disease was over but to continue to observe all the necessary protocol of COVID-19 within their areas.
The initiator of the project, Dr. Ngozi Ekeoma, said she was motivated into establishing the center following the rising cases of the pandemic in the country and the globe.