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By Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri), Odun Edward (Ilorin) and Danjuma Michael (Katsina)
29 June 2020   |   3:12 am
Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) chapter, has donated medical items to support Borno State Government

Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) chapter, has donated medical items to support Borno State Government in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The president, Dr. Abubakar Kaka-Sanda, disclosed this in Maiduguri at the weekend while presenting the items to the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UMTH,
Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo.

“The support to UMTH with medical items was also in line with Borno resident doctors’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),” added.

The items include cartons of hand sanitisers, hand gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE).

He said the items, purchased with salaries of resident doctors and house officers working in the hospital, were mainly for use by medical doctors and nurses who were in the forefront of managing COVID-19 cases.

The hospital, he added, was undergoing rehabilitation and infrastructural development for effective clinical services.

In a related vein, Kwara State Government has expressed gratitude to corporate bodies and individuals who contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

The Deputy Governor and Chairman of Kwara State COVID-19 Technical Committee, Mr. Kayode Alabi, appreciated the donors yesterday while receiving two motorised modular fumigators from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, to assist the government in the battle against the virus.

Alabi thanked the monarch for contributing to the fight and described him as illustrious, intelligent and selfless, given his decision to commit personal resources to help humanity.

According to him, the partnership and support of various individuals and organisations boosted the state government’s COVID-19 intervention in a significant way.

Speaking through the Asoya of Isoya Kingdom, Oba Muraina Adedinu, the Ooni commended the effort of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in the fight against the pandemic.

Earlier, Head of Public Health Department, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, and Chairman of Ooni of Ife COVID-19 Response Team, Prof. Olapeju Esimai, explained that the locally-made fumigators were environmentally-friendly and efficient in fighting COVID-19 and similar viruses in the community.

SIMILARLY, the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) has donated PPE worth millions of naira to help Katsina State in the fight against the pandemic.

The state, which currently has more than 500 confirmed cases of the disease, also has 239 patients on admission, with 267 discharged and 22 deaths.

Receiving the items yesterday at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) isolation centre in Katsina, the Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, lamented that the pandemic had posed a huge challenge to the state’s health sector.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Kabir Mustapha, the deputy governor assured that government was doing everything possible to make the state COVID-19-free.

Responding, the representative of CACOVID, Bello Mohammed, said the items were meant to help in the treatment of confirmed and suspected cases in the state.