THE Gregory University, Uturu (GUU) Okigwe, Abia State has added a sanitization chamber to its other contributions to the prevention of the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The university’s acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Uwakwe, disclosed this during the flag-off of the Prof. Greg Ibe Foundation (PGIF) and the second phase of distribution of palliatives at the GUU stadium in Amaokwe, Uturu.
The GUU automated sanitized chamber, which would be launched by the end of July is built like security chambers and could be located at the entrances of banks, and would sanitize anyone who passes through it.
Uwakwe said that the sanitization chamber is the first of its kind, which should be launched later this month.
The university he noted has also produced drugs, which are undergoing National Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) verification for treating COVID-19; the drugs are GUU Herbal Sniff Sniff and GUU Adonis Yellow.
He said that Prof Ibe had charged the university and the Foundation to come up with solutions to support the Abia State government in the fight against the pandemic while providing palliatives to the people.
Uwakwe explained that Ibe, said, “we should do something to help Abia governor so that the people would not feel the impact of this pandemic so much.
“We formed a COVID-19 Research Committee. Within a month, we produced drugs, hand sanitizers, hand washing machines, which have been modified.”
In his address, the Chairman of PGIF, Prince Emeka Okafor, said the Foundation is sponsored by the GUU Chancellor, Prof. Ibe.
He said: “Prof Ibe does not want people to die from COVID-19. He knows what is killing people more is hunger virus.”
Okafor said that in second phase of distribution of palliatives, the Foundation shared 5, 000 cartons of noodles, 2, 000 bags of rice, 300 bags of beans, 2, 500 bags of Garri, several tubers of yam, salt and other consumables.
Also, the Foundation donated three ambulances and the GUU Medical College at Amachara as Isolation Centre to Abia government; 250 test kits to the State COVID-19 team; 100 test kits to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia; 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizers to Abia and 600 bottles to Imo governments.