Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has commissioned a 100-bed Isolation Center with a full compliment of medical equipment at the Abia State Specialist hospital, Amachara, Umuahia South Local Government Area.
Speaking while commissioning the facility, the Governor commended CACOVID, the Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 where Access Bank is a partner for donating the facility to the State Government for the treatment of Coronavirus patients. According to the Governor the strategy in Abia State is to keep the virus away from the State and its environs and to be able to nurse patients back to life.
He further stated that the facility will boost the State’s capacity to deal with the pandemic and pointed out that his administration is working very hard in this direction.
He disclosed that soon, the State would have three molecular labs to join the league of those testing for Coronavirus within their States, adding that plans are under way for the training of more medical lab technicians to compliment those already working in the labs. He promised to preserve and put to use all the equipment given to the State as they are timeless equipment that would be useful beyond COVID-19 pandemic period.
Dr. Ikpeazu also said that Abia would continue to be vigilant, assuring that the battle against Covid-19 is an ongoing one. He described the State goverment’s partnership with the Access Bank as a strategic one that would benefit the citizens of the State and assured to sustain the relationship with the bank.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman Inter-ministerial Committee on Covid 19, Barr. Chris Ezem informed that the 100-beded Isolation Center has full compliment of medical and supporting equipment and thanked the bank for her assistance to the State.
Earlier, the Zonal Head, Access Bank Plc, Mr. Kennedy Ojukwu, who spoke on behalf of Access Bank CEO and Co Chair of CACOVID, Herbert Wigwe said that the 100 bed Isolation Center tre donated for the use of Abia people is the bank’s support to the fight against Covid-19 in the State.
He commended the efforts of the State so far and expressed hope that the facility would assist the State a great deal.
Governor Ikpeazu took time to inspect the facility.
Deputy Governor Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji and some other members of the State Executive Council, Chairman of Umuahia South LGA, Chief Ndukwe Adindu and other top officials of the State Government were present at the event.