FG set to commission isolation centre built by Abia professionals
By Steve Oko
The Federal Government, will on Sunday, October 11, commission a 50-bed ultra -mordern isolation centre with a functional molecular laboratory fully built and equipped by Concerned Abia Professionals.
The isolation centre is domiciled at the premises of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia.
According to a press statement by the group, the project will be commissioned by the Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora.
The statement signed by one of the group’s Project Implementation Committee members, Mrs. Mary Ikoku, gave the time of the event to be hosted by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu as 12:00 noon.
According to the statement, the aim of the project is to ensure that Abia citizens get adequate emergency healthcare services in the event of a pandemic as well as to guarantee the state’s readiness for any eventuality from COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health facility will also assist the state government in the fight against the pandemic”, the statement added.
Dignitaries expected to grace the occasion are Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu; former Speaker ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa; and Dr. Alex Otti.
Others are Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; Minister of State for Mine and Steel Development, Dr. Uche Ogah; Prof. Gregory Ibe, Elder E. E. Ekeoma, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, Elder U. K. Eke, Uduma Kalu, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, and Chris Nkwonta
Expected at the event also are Onuoha Bourdex, Col. Austin Akobundu (retd.), Sir Johnson Chukwu, Chidi Ajaegbu, Goddy Ijomah, Alex Ikwechegh, Etigwe Uwa (SAN), and Chima Anyaso.
Others are representatives from Abia-American Health Systems Inc., Abia State National Association of North America, among other organisations.
The Abia Care Centre project, according to the statement, is dedicated to all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.
“The general public are cordially invited to witness the commissioning of the 50-bed ultra-modern isolation centre,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Project Initiator, Ngozi Ekeoma, said, “This project is a clear demonstration of the deep love we have for our state. This project presents to all of us a benchmark for the replication of many more of this type of partnerships for the betterment of our people.
She commended the support received so far from Abia State indigenes, saying that her interactions in the cause of executing the project had shown that the indigenes were willing to participate in the state’s development.
“May this also encourage us to work with government to create enablers that would help us bring our wealth home. As they say, Ka Aku ru ulo..,” Ekeoma stated.
On his part, the Project Implementation Committee Chairman, Johnson Chukwu, said, “Initially, we contemplated setting up a temporary tent. We, however, decided against it for a permanent structure that will not only serve for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, but will also be deployed to cater for other medical services in future, even after the pandemic.
“Abia Care Centre is not just an isolation ward, it is a fully equipped medical ward with molecular laboratory to ensure full diagnosis and treatment of persons infected with COVID-19.”
Chukwu, who also commended the efforts and monetary contributions made by Abia indigenes, home and abroad, added, “The people of the state and friends have joined hands to build this medical facility to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind. We, as a people, have once again confirmed God’s words in Genesis 11: 6 NLT.”Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email [email protected]; [email protected] Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.