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Fidelity Bank donates protection centre to Anambra

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OVER 50 bed capacity COVID-19 protective centre has been donated to Anambra State Government by   Fidelity Bank Plc.

  The centre, located at the General Hospital, Ekwulobia, in Aguata Local Government Area of the state was renovated and equipped by the bank to avoid overwhelming the health system as the state grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

Inaugurating the centre, the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, said beyond the renovation of the COVID-19 protective centre, the state government was also renovating other areas of the hospital.

  Obiano, represented by the deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, said, the facility would ensure COVID-19 patients were properly taken care of.

  “We thank the Fidelity Bank who sponsored the renovation and equipped it, including the air conditioning. We pray that no more cases of COVID-19 will be recorded in the state, but we need to be ready for any eventuality so we won’t be stranded.

“If you observe, we have such facility in all the zones in the state; we have one in Onitsha, Nnewi, Amaku, Mbaukwu and now in Ekwulobia General Hospitals.

  “We have oxygen concentrators, mobilisers, and other machines. We are ready because of the capacity we’ve built”, he said.

  Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, commended the bank for the gesture, noting that “having the infrastructural and personnel needs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic is important so that our health facilities are not overwhelmed”.

  Okpala encouraged Anambra residents to continue keeping all the COVID-19 protocols, remarking that “Coronavirus is real and people are dying”.

On the bad road network leading to the hospital, he said, “the state government has awarded the roads and work will soon commence after the rainy season.

 Regional Bank Head, Awka, Henry Asiegbu, said the gesture was part of its corporate responsibility to the state, noting that similar gestures had been replicated in various parts of Nigeria.

Asiegbu said the centre would help to protect COVID-19 patients who would be using the facility, adding that the bank and the state had always collaborated in providing necessary projects in the state.

  He said the renovation would go a long way in improving the lots of patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The doctor in charge of General Hospital, Ekwulobia, Arinze Ugochukwu, while thanking the bank, assured that the facility would be adequately utilised, even as he decried low patronage in the hospital, which, according to him, was as a result of deplorable road networks leading to the hospital.

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