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COVID-19: Gov. Ugwuanyi inaugurates steering committee on Co-PREP

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Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reiterated his administration’s dedication to stick to the federal authorities’s pointers and Worldwide greatest practices within the combat towards Coronavirus Illness (COVID-19).

Gov. Ugwuanyi spoke when he inaugurated members of the Enugu State Undertaking Steering Committee of the Nigeria COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Undertaking (Co-PREP), on the Authorities Home, Enugu.

The governor, represented by the Secretary to the State Authorities (SSG), Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, disclosed that the committee will oversee the implementation of Co-PREP tasks on the state stage, and evaluation and approve the state’s Incident Motion Plan (IAP) for onward transmission to the Undertaking Coordinating Unit (PCU).

Prof. Ortuanya added that the steering committee headed by the Commissioner for Well being, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, may even evaluation progress studies and oversee the State Coordinating Unit (SCU) to make sure well timed implementation of the venture, in addition to “make sure that financing from Nigeria Co-PREP enhances financing from different sources and are effectively utilized”.

Noting that Enugu like different states has confronted essential challenges because the outbreak of the pandemic, the SSG identified that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has “constructed 5 COVID-19 isolation and therapy centres, arrange a 100 bed-space Isolation Centre on the Medical Diagnostic Centre, Enugu, and constructed an Infectious Ailments Specialist Hospital”.

Stressing that Enugu State wants extra well being amenities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Prof. Ortuanya revealed that the state authorities has continued to collaborate with NCDC and Growth Companions to make sure the supply of ample infrastructure for well timed case detection and administration, and to construct capability of the general public well being and medical workforce.

“It’s flowing from the above that the World Financial institution has authorized a $114.28m financing, to assist Nigeria forestall, detect and reply to the menace posed by COVID-19, with particular deal with state stage responses.

“This contains $100m credit score from the Worldwide Growth Affiliation (IDA) and $14.28m grant from the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility.

“By the COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Undertaking (Co-PREP) the Authorities of Nigeria will present grants to 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as rapid help, to interrupt the chain of COVID-19 native transmission in addition to restrict the unfold of Coronavirus by way of containment and mitigation methods.

“Co-PREP will improve the institutional and operational capability for illness detection by way of provision of technical experience, coordination help, detection, prognosis and case administration efforts in all states and the FCT as per the World Well being Group (WHO) pointers within the Strategic Response Plan.

“It would additionally assist the Authorities mobilize surge response capability by way of educated and effectively outfitted frontline healthcare staff and strengthen the general public healthcare community for future well being emergencies”, he defined.

Different members of 11-man committee are Mrs. Adaorah Kene-Uyanwune (Commissioner for Finance); Dr. David Okelue Ugwunta (Commissioner for Funds and Planning); Nnayelugo Chidi Aroh (Commissioner for Data); Prof. Ed. Nwobodo (Rep. State COVID-19 Process Power); Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi (Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Well being); and Dr. Boniface Okolo (Emergency Operation Centre Incident Supervisor, State Ministry of Well being).

Additionally within the committee are Dr. George Ugwu (Govt Secretary, Enugu State Main Healthcare Growth Company (ENSPHCDA); Dr. Edith Okolo (Govt Secretary, Enugu State Company for Common Well being Protection); Dr. Ada Erinne (Rep. World Well being Group) and Dr. Ifeyinwa Anyanyo (Rep. United Nations Worldwide Youngsters’s Emergency Fund).

Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Obi recommended Gov. Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in constituting the committee in furtherance of his administration’s concerted efforts in direction of the containment of the virus within the state.

The Well being Commissioner thanked the governor for locating them worthy to undertake the task and promised that they won’t disappoint the federal government and other people of the state.

In his speech, the Commissioner for Data, Aroh reiterated Gov. Ugwuanyi’s unflinching efforts in preventing the pandemic and pledged the readiness of the committee members to ship on their mandate.

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