A group, known as 100 Igbos USA Inc. has donated materials worth millions of naira to tertiary hospitals in the South East for the fight against Corona virus.
Receiving the materials, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Dr Joseph Ugboaja, applauded them for the gesture and called on corporate organization, well spirited individuals and other groups to continue to partner with hospitals in an effort to halt the spread of the disease.
According to him: “We are actually not asking individuals and corporate organizations to give us money. What we are asking for is Personal Protective Equipments such as PPE gowns, N- 95 masks, face shields, goggles etc.
“We also need medical consumables such as gloves, jik, sanitizers etc.
“These materials are needed for the protection of members of staff and patients in the hospital during this pandemic.
“The responsibility of giving quality health care to the populace especially those affected by the pandemic should not be left for the government and hospitals alone to shoulder. It should be a collective responsibility.
“Some individuals and organisations have been responding to our call for assistance but we are still in need of more interventions.”
The leader of the 100 Igbos USA, Prof Stanley Anyanwu, said that his organization is a partnership consisting of men and women of integrity, investing their time, talent and resources to provide assistance and support for Ndigbo in Nigeria and beyond.
The items donated to the tertiary health institutions in the South East includes PPE gowns, N-95, K N-95, protective goggles, cartons of gloves, infra red thermometers and other materials.
Some of the institutions that got packages include NAUTH Nnewi, COOUTH, Awka, UNTH Enugu, Imo State University Teaching Hospital Orlu, Abia State University Teaching Hospital among others.