As months of the devastation of Coronavirus pandemic continue in Nigeria and its escalation in states of the Federation, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ebonyi State Chapter has joined numerous private and public spirited persons to support Ebonyi State Government in her fight against the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
The group led by its Chairman, Pharm. Dr (Mrs.) Elechi Collette generously donated 500 units by 100mls of Hand Sanitizers as their contribution to assist Ebonyi State Government in her bid to make available COVID-19 preventive materials to the people of Ebonyi State.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Chairman of the Association commended Ebonyi State Govennment for the manifest proactiveness demonstrated by the Governor, His Excellency Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE in the face of this Coronavirus pandemic.
She noted the precautionary measures adopted and regulations made so far ,especially the border lockdown and holding centre decentralization as the way to go if we must win the war against Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
In her words, “unfortunately for us, apart from the disruptions in health dynamics, oil price threatens, albeit seriously, to deal decisively with economic growth and development in Nigeria, since we all know that oil remains the mainstay of our economy. “The COVID-19 menace was sudden and caught all of us unawares, but we must commend the Emergency Response of Ebonyi State Government (EBSG) as well as Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) which has demonstrated an uncommon resolve to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus in our communities through lockdowns at the borders in the generality of the Local Government Areas (LGA) in the state has also encouraged all its citizens to wear face masks which will cover their mouths and noses, compulsory hand washing and use of Hand Sanitizers to reduce/eliminate spread of the virus. We at the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Ebonyi State totally support these measures put in place by Ebonyi State Government’ she stated
In reaction, the Chairman of Ebonyi State Anti-Coronavirus Sub- Committee on Welfare, Donations and Palliatives and Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly,Rt Hon. Francis Ogbonnaya Nwifuru appreciated the donation made by Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Ebonyi State Chapter, describing it as a public gesture worthy of emulation by all lovers of Ebonyi State. The Speaker reiterated that the state government will not rest on its oars until the battle against Coronavirus pandemic is won in the state. He further stated that the precautionary measures and regulations adopted by government have yielded fruits hence all the cases so far recorded are those with travel history who were proactively intercepted while on transit to Ebonyi State.
He used the opportunity to advise all Ebonyians to take the war against Coronavirus pandemic seriously to avert the socio-economic devastation it comes with. ,He promised that very soon the State Government will commence the distribution of the COVID-19 palliatives to deserving persons across the polling units of the state, an exercise which shall be done religiously without partisan consideration
The event had in attendance, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Acting Commissioner, Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Hon. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji and the Commissioner for Grants and Donor, Dr. Zyl Sunday Nwangele.