COVID -19: Uzodimma tasks private sector, promises enabling environment for medical practice, tourism
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has urged well placed medical corporate outfits and individuals to assist them fight COVID -19. Making the appeal while taking delivery of 240 COVID-19 One – Step – Rapid test kits donated to it by FINLAB Nigeria Limited, he urged others to replicate same.
Represented by the Commissioner for Health, Damaris Osunkwo, the governor said they were elated by the donation and commended the management for empowering 122 indigents of Orlu with grants of N100, 000 each to start businesses, stressing that this would help the state scale up the on-going community testing exercise.
Presenting the items, the Manager, Administration/Finance of the outfit, Osmound Ogbonna said the donation is part of their contribution to government’s initiatives in the fight against the second wave of COVID-19. Speaking also, Uzor Nwaije, said the communities’ leaders played a part in selecting those who benefitted from the empowerment.
Uzodimma also assured that his administration would provide an enabling environment for private medical practitioners. Represented by his Special Adviser on Health, Dr. Lina Okereke, he said this during the grand opening ceremony of Medical City Hospital, Owerri, owned by a medical doctor based in the United States, Chima Oleru.
Uzodimma, promised that his administration has opened hands of partnership with Oleru, and others like him to improve the state’s healthcare system, urging them to adhere to his plea. He also disclosed that he has put in place mobile clinics in the 27 Local Councils of the state, to compliment existing ones, with free service and drugs.