EBONYI State lawmakers have pledged their salaries for April to fight COVID-19 in the state.
The pledge, Wednesday, trailed the commendation by the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FETHA), Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah, for the Federal Government for upgrading the Virology Centre at the hospital for testing coronavirus.
The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru said the lawmakers unanimously agreed to donate their one month salaries to the Coronavirus Fundraising Committee to assist in the fight against the disease.
Nwifuru added that the House also enacted a Law to stop the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases in Ebonyi.
He said, “we will together continue striving to protect our State against this pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah told journalists in Abakaliki, that the establishment of COVID-19 testing centre in Ebonyi would reduce the anxiety created by suspicion about the disease in the State and the entire South East.
He said: “We are challenged by the pandemic and we are happy that the Federal Government has set up a laboratory for the testing of the virus in the zone. Isolation and treatment centres are in the state. We have 6 holding areas within the 3 zones. All these will help in tackling of the pandemic. So far no case has been confirmed in the state.”
To affirm the readiness of the state to fight the coronavirus, the state governor, Dave Umahi had disclosed that, “we have purchased equipment and devices like infra red temperature gauge, ventilators and isolation cubicles.
“Our virology laboratory equipment for Laser Fever will be deployed for blood sample testing of suspected Covid-19 patients with symptoms before 1st of April, 2020 when we shall have the test kits.
“Our testing centre will be activated by April 1, and it shall serve South East and South South and even North Central. Presently only three centres – Abuja, Lagos and Edo – are doing the testing.”
He disclosed that, “before the first record of Covid-19 in Nigeria, our government had built two Covid-19 Quarantine Centres in Abakaliki and at our borders with Enugu State at Ishielu Local Government Area.”