A group, Concerned Abia Professionals, Tuesday, announced the commissioning of ‘Abia Care Centre’, a 50-bed ultra-modern isolation centre.
The centre, which is equipped with a functional molecular laboratory fully built equipped by the group is to guarantee the state’s readiness for any eventuality from COVID-19 in the state.
The statement issued by one of its Project Implementation Committee members, Mrs. Mary Ikoku, said the event will hold on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia State, by 12:00 noon.
“To commission the project is the Minister of State for Health, Senator Adeleke Mamora, while Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, is the chief host.
“The aim of the project is to ensure 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 in the state. The health facility will also assist the state government in the fight against the pandemic”, the statement said.
Dignitaries expected to grace the occasion, according to the statement, are Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Dr. Alex Otti, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Dr. Uche Ogah, Prof. Gregory Ibe, Elder E. E. Ekeoma, Uzor Kalu, Elder U. K. Eke, Uduma Kalu, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, and Chris Nkwonta
Others are Onuoha Bourdex, Col. Austin Akobundu(retd.), Sir Johnson Chukwu, Chidi Ajaegbu, Goddy Ijomah, Alex Ikwechegh, Etigwe Uwa(SAN), and Chima Anyaso.
It stated further that representatives from Abia-American Health Systems Inc., Abia State National Association of North America, among other organisations, are expected at the event.
The Abia Care Centre project, according to the statement, is dedicated to all those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.
The statement also quoted the Project Initiator, Ngozi Ekeoma as saying: “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”.
It also quoted the Project Implementation Committee Chairman, Johnson Chukwu, as saying: “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.”