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L-R Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Damaris Osunkwo, Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, COVID-19 Prevention and Control Chairman/SGI Imo State, Prof. Maurice Iwu, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Mr. Emeka Onyeagba of Seplat and Mr. Percy Opara of Waltersmith after donating Medical facilities to the state.
Two oil firms, Seplat Petroleum Development Company and Waltersmith on Wednesday donated to Imo State government some medical items that will assist in curbing the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Receiving the items at Government House, Owerri, Governor Uzodimma appreciated the companies’ gesture, reiterating his avowed determination to nip the spread of the virus in the bud. He stated that their kind donation wiould go a long way in assisting the state in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor who admitted that prevention and control of the disease could not be done by government alone, urged other companies and good-spirited citizens to emulate the kind gestures of Seplat and Waltersmith in the fight against the dreaded disease.
Said he: “I want to thank you on behalf of the good people of Imo State for your show of solidarity this afternoon and also to assure you that this will go a long way to address the situation of the virus. The people of Imo are indeed challenged not only because of the paucity of funds in our state, but also the task of what is required to address this situation is also very huge.
“We also want to invite through this medium, our brothers and sisters to understand that government alone cannot address this situation. I urge them to join people like you to make donations and contributions. Ours is to ensure that these things will get to the targets so that at the end of the day, we would have created a win-win situation for all the people”.
Truck-load of Medical facilities donated to Imo State Government by Seplat and Waltersmith oil industries in the state.
The Governor assured that the items would be put to good use, noting that Imo State, as much as he knew, was still recording zero number of infected or confirmed cases.
Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation Mr. Emeka Onyeagba stated that the sole purpose of their mission was to deliver the medical facilities to the government as part of their corporate social responsibility to their host state. He noted that the government was less than three months in office, and needed every support it could garner from both public and private sectors to combat the scourge.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Damaris Osunkwo, commended the Oil Companies for their donations and prompt response to partner with government in the fight against the global COVID-19 health crisis, adding that the Governor Uzodinma-led government was on top of the situation and was leaving no stone unturned to keep the state safe from the pandemic.
Addressing newsmen, the Chairman of the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee, Prof. Maurice Iwu, stated that the state was doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus via vertical integration with the Federal Government Agencies that include the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Prof Iwu also announced that Equipment Procurement Isolation Centres were in place with direct hotlines at relevant health institutions to determine if the suspect might need isolation.
Prof. Iwu however advised that “the best form of prevention is to stay home and self-quarantine than to create unnecessary jeopardy amongst the people”.