COVID-19: GUU Chancellor donates medical facilities to Abia State Government.

The Chancellor, Gregory University, Uturu In Abia, Prof. Gregory Ibe, Has donated various medical equipment and facilities To support state government’s efforts towards the prevention of the Corona virus.

The Chancellor, Gregory University, Uturu in Abia, Prof. Gregory Ibe, has donated various medical equipment and facilities to support state government’s efforts towards the prevention of the Coronavirus pandemic in the area.

Prof. Ibe announced the donation in a statement issued in Umuahia on Wednesday the university’s Principal Assistant Registrar/Head, Media and Public Relations, Mr Sleek Ogwo.

Mr Ogwo quoted the chancellor as directing that the medical equipment and facilities be installed in a functional isolation centre in Abia south senatorial district to complement the ones in other senatorial districts.

Prof. Ibe stated that the “comprehensive intervention package” was his own way of complementing the efforts of governments at all levels to mitigate the impacts of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

He opined that the package would help to assuage the current and anticipated harmful social, medical and financial effects of the global scourge on the people.

”It is, therefore, in the spirit of complementing the strategies being pursued Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu to mitigate the possible outbreak of COVID-19 in Abia, that I have directed the immediate implementation of the package,” he added.

The Chancellor urged the inter-ministerial committee on Coronavirus in the state to provide a suitable isolation centre in Abia north senatorial district for the facilities.

He stated that COVID-19 testing kits and other personal protective equipment would be distributed to tertiary health institutions in the state.

Prof. Ibe also announced the donation of 50 bags of rice to each of the 17 local government areas of the state to mitigate the harsh realities of the COVID-19 lockdown.

He said that the Colleges of Pharmacy, Basic Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery, Natural and Applied Sciences, Departments of Biochemistry and Alternative Medicine in the university would collaborate to conduct extensive research “to discover and propose anti COVID-19 vaccines.”

The Chancellor also promised that the Department of Entrepreneurship would embark on mass production of potent hand sanitisers for distribution to Abia residents, especially those involved in the execution of essential services.

He further directed the authorities of the university’s specialist hospital to release three ambulances to the committee on Coronavirus to help in moving suspected cases to isolation centres.

He said that all the university’s medical facilities and personnel at Uturu and Amachara had been placed at the disposal of the committee on Coronavirus.

According to him, all the medical personnel working in these places have been directed to be on stand-throughout the duration of the war against COVID-19.

Prof. Ibe stated that the Works Department of the university would be deployed to regularly fumigate public places in some parts of the state.

He advised residents to adopt personal hygiene and safety measures such as hand washing, use of hand sanitisers, refraining from handshakes, hugging and observing social distancing, among others in order to avoid contracting the virus.

By SAM ODITAH

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