Coronavirus: We will soon set up well-equipped isolation centers in Imo – Govt. says

Hope Uzodinma

Imo state government is planning to set up state-of-the-art isolation centers across the state as the COVID-19 scourge continues to spread across the country.

No isolation center exists in the state presently. There is also no confirmed case of coronavirus infection in the state.

Speaking on a radio programme on Darling FM Owerri today, Tuesday, March 30, member of the state task force on COVID-19, Dr. Dunga Kingsley, confirmed that the state was about to set up well-equipped isolation centers, adding that what the state has presently is treatment centers.

Dr. Kingsley who is also the state chairman of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists in Nigeria,  said “Imo State has enough structures to do that (set up isolation centers). We are just making sure the necessary paraphernalia is in place. Having seen the way things are unfolding, I think it is necessary that things are done and government is doing something.”

Callers on the programme expressed outrage that the Government of Senator Hope Uzodinma had not yet established isolation centers in the state even as coronavirus cases are spreading in other parts of the country.

One caller said: “how can they still be planning to set up isolation centers by this time? Are they waiting for the virus to come in before they do that?”

Another caller said the COVID-19 task force in the state should be disbanded because what is happening shows it has failed.

The COVID-19 task force in Imo State is led by Prof. Maurice Iwu, former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Recall that Massmediang had earlier reported that Federal Medical Center (FMC) Owerri was ready with well equipped isolation center. Whether the state government is aware of that is a big question that requires clear answer, as a member of the COVID-19 committee in the state has confirmed that there was no isolation center in the state, as government was still planning to set up such centers.

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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