As different states in Nigeria continue to record cases of coronavirus infection, various governments are getting ready by putting health facilities in place to face the challenge.
Imo State Government is working with the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Owerri with a view to ensuring that material and human resources are put together to tackle coronavirus incidents.
No case of coronavirus infection has been recorded in the state.
A well-equipped Isolation Center has been set up at FMC, Owerri in readiness for the Covid-19 cases.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of FMC, Dr. Jacy Achonu, told Massmediang in an exclusive interview that the hospital was working with Governor Hope Uzodinma’s administration to get the state ready for cases of Covid-19, if they come up in the state.
Dr. Achonu also said health workers were getting ready to work round the clock to tackle the challenge, adding that management of FMC was taking necessary measures to get the hospital ready for suspected Covid-19 cases.
“In a bid to keep Imo State free and safe from the virus, the State Government in conjunction with F.M.C, Owerri as the only federal tertiary health institution in the State has taken swift measures and ready to admit any case or suspected case of COVID-19 into its fully equipped isolation centre with satisfied healthcare professionals on standby.
“It’s our desire that the State would remain Covid-19 free not withstanding the proactive facilities put in place.”
Dr. Achonu also called on members of the public to adhere to preventive measures in order to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is also advisable for members of the public to abide by the lay down preventive measures to enable us come out of the challenging period. Stay safe and remember to do the following: Wash your hands regularly with soap and apply hand sanitizer; Avoid close contact and social gathering; Better stay in indoors for now; Ensure good cough etiquette and spitting in the public; and Call our Covid-19 taskforce emergency number in case of any suspected case.”
See the Isolation Center at FMC, Owerri;