Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has commended an Enugu research-based non-governmental organization, African Development Institute of Research Methodology (ADIRM), for partnering with the state government in the fight against coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor who spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Enugu State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, during the roll out of COVID-19 Intervention Project by the institute said the state government appreciates the contributions of ADIRM in rolling out 150 trained volunteers who would assist in creating awareness and sensitizing the public on the dangers of the coronavirus.
Agujiobi also inspected the 600 bed isolation facility donated by an Enugu-based company, Golden Royale to the institute in case there is an escalation of the pandemic.
He noted that with the trained volunteers and the donation of a 600-bed capacity facility and other facilities provided by the state government at Nsukka and Awgu, the State was fully prepared to contain any outbreak of the disease.
On his part, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA Enugu State, Dr. Ike Okwesili commended the efforts of the institute aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus, adding that the institute was the first NGO in the state that has expressed its readiness to help in curtailing the escalation of the pandemic.
Earlier in his address, the Director of the Institute, Pro. Ike Oluka said that the decision by the institution to present a counter attack intervention mechanism to contain the virus was informed by the fact that “in times of war, men and women must come out to confront and defeat the attacker.
“The COVID-19 intervention project is our own contribution towards stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic that is currently ravaging humanity and towards this, we have trained volunteer corps who shall operate in the state” he said.
He noted that the institute has also procured protective gowns and other infection prevention and control materials to be donated to some private health facilities in the state.
He maintained that the global economy is in shamble and nations watch on daily basis as their citizens die with excruciating respiratory pains, a development which has become too worrisome.