Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has commissioned a new 100-bed isolation facility with full complement of medical equipment at the Amachara Specialist Hospital, Umuahia South Local Government Area.
Speaking while commissioning the facility, Governor Ikpeazu noted that the isolation facility would help the state government in the management of coronavirus patients.
According to the Governor, “Our strategy in Abia State is to keep the virus away from the State and its environs and in the event of any infection be able to nurse patients back to health”.
Dr Ikpeazu stated that the new facility has helped to increase the State’s capacity to deal with the virus and pointed out that his administration is continuously improving its capacity to deal with the pandemic and its aftermath.
He further disclosed that soon, the State would have three molecular labs to join the league of states with capacity to test suspected cases of coronavirus from their localities, adding that plans are under way for the training of more medical lab technicians to compliment those already working in the available laboratories in the state.
The Governor promised to preserve and put to use all the equipment donated to the State as they are timeless and robust equipment that would be useful beyond the COVID-19 pandemic era.
He disclosed that his administration has paid for 3 units of genexpert machine from the United States of America.
Continuing, Dr Ikpeazu said that as long as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned, Abia would continue to be vigilant, assuring that the battle against COVID-19 is an ongoing one and the state is rapidly developing capacity for the expected long drawn out war.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the State Goverment and Chairman Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Barr. Chris Ezem, informed that the 100-bed isolation facility has full compliments of medical and supporting equipment and thanked the bank for its assistance to the State.
Among the materials available at the isolation center include beds, Patient Monitors, ventilators, pulse oximeters, oxygen cylinders, stadiometers, Sphygmomanometers, Nebulizers, X-Ray (Mobile, Digital), refrigerators, television sets, fridges, Ultrasound Imaging (Multipurpose, Portable), Autoclave, Defribillator, Endotracheal Tubes, respirators, Haemertology Analyzer, Stethoscopes etc.