…Calls on Abia Govt. To Stay Prepared
As state governments prepare for any incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic in their various states, well-meaning individuals have been contributing their quota to ensure that the impact of the scourge is reduced to the barest.
Nigerian economist, banker, investor, philanthropist and politician, Dr. Alex Otti, through his Foundation, Dr. Alex Otti Foundation, has donated hospital equipment to the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia and the Living Word Hospital Aba, both in Abia State.
According to a statement from the former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, and former Abia State Gubernatorial candidate on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the Foundation will provide 25,000 pairs of medical hand gloves; 2,500 units each of medical facial masks; medical personal protection robes; pairs of medical glasses and pairs of medical booths to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia. The Medical Equipment has been paid for and should reach the Federal Medical Centre before the end of the week.
The Foundation has also taken delivery of a six-bedroom duplex with two-room annex quarters in Aba, which will be handed over to the Living World Hospital, Aba, for conversion to an isolation Centre. Arrangements have been made with the hospital to operate this Centre, which is just a short distance from the hospital. Also, 25,000 pairs of medical hand gloves; 2,500 units each of medical facial masks; medical personal protection robes; medical glasses and medical booths would be provided to Living World Hospital Aba to support medical personnel.
According to Dr. Otti, the Foundation has also opened up the discussion with the management of a hospital-owned by ‘All Aro USA’ in Arochukwu, to serve as an emergency Centre to deal with possible Coronavirus cases coming out of Abia North. He said the same medical protective gears will be made available to the hospital when all agreements are in place.
Disclosing other arrangements by the Foundation to curb possible incidences of the COVID-19 cases, he said: “We also realised that the Catholic hospital in Umuahia, the Madonna Hospital is in a position to handle Coronavirus cases. We have contacted the hospital and the management was excited to partner with us. To this end, the foundation will also provide personal gears and protective equipment for the medical personnel while working with the hospital on providing another isolation Centre in Umuahia, where possible.”
On public preventive aids, the foundation has paid for and taken delivery of several cartons of hand sanitizers and facial masks to assist Abia Citizens who may be in need of those items for self-protection. These are available for collection from their offices in Umuahia, Aba and Ohafia on a first-come, first-served basis.
While imploring Nigerians to maintain the highest level of hygiene as recommended by experts, Dr. Otti reminded the government of Abia State to embark on preventive measures. “It is therefore expedient that the government rises to the occasion and bans public gatherings of any kind including weddings, burials, birthday and Chieftaincy celebrations, church and mosque services, schools and markets for non-essential goods while ensuring serious supervision at markets where essential goods are sold. These may look difficult but it is better to be safe than sorry. This pandemic is real and should be treated with all the seriousness it deserves because victory against Coronavirus can only be achieved through vigilance, seriousness, sincerity and collectivism.”
He further listed measures that individuals should take to keep themselves safe: “Washing of hands with soaps should be observed as many times as possible in a day. The use of sanitizers should be part of our new routine. Social distancing and voluntary quarantine should be seen as compulsory depending on the peculiar circumstances. We must not be shy to report suspected cases to the appropriate authorities. Above all, we must avoid the dissemination of false information and concealment of information relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.”