Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano on Saturday called on residents of the state and indeed Nigerians to take the necessary COVID-19 protocols seriously to avoid the ugly experience in India.
He said the pandemic suddenly resurfaced in India after majority of its citizenry relaxed observance of basic COVID-19 protocols following apparent 90 percent victory over the virus.
Speaking while commissioning a N50 million Intensive Care Unit, ICU, at the Eldorado Hospital, Awka, the governor, represented by Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, regretted that majority of the residents of the state were getting careless on the measures against the virus.
He said, “India managed to control COVID 90 percent and started celebrating, politicians stopped wearing their masks and playing down on measures. We saw what the result was. Indian experience should teach us lessons.
“No doubt, it’s uncomfortable wearing facemasks; but you can’t see me talk in public without wearing it. We encourage everyone to comply with the protocols. Thank God the vaccination is here and people are no longer hesitant having discovered that nothing bad happened to those of us who have taken both first and second dose.
“It’s good we take advantage of what we have. We don’t understand this disease and thinking we’re home and dry, until during the peak of rainy season it will suddenly come upon us. Yes, there’s insecurity, but it’s worse we add illness on top. It’s better we don’t have any of them at all than to battle with both.”
While commending the hospital for providing the state-of-the-art equipment, which he said, was maiden in a private hospital in the capital city, Obiano noted that it would go a long way to complementing those in public hospitals in meeting the health needs of the citizens.
Earlier, Managing Consultant of the hospital, Dr. Chiemelu Emegoakor said the hospital remained one of the few private hospitals in the zone that could boast of such facility essentially for patients on critical conditions.
He listed the equipment in the facility to include multipurpose cardiac monitor, central oxygen system, ventilators machines, infusion pumps, syringe pumps, defriollator, arterial blood gas machine and central suction machine.
“The facility will benefit stroke, ventilating, cardiac arrest, and respiratory failure patients in the management of their conditions,” he added.
Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Lasbrey Asomugha, described the facility as one of the best thing that had happened to the state, especially with respect to management of COVID-19.
He said 75% of patients in the state relied on private hospitals for their health needs, calling on government to always support private clinics in order to provide maximum health care for citizens.