From Steve Oko
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa has expressed worry over the rising cases of the deadly coronavirus disease in Abia State.
Only seven active coronavirus cases were reported in Abia until last week when Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu tested positive to the pandemic, but ever since then the number has jumped to over 166 confirmed cases.
The Acting Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu had in a press briefing yesterday, warned that residents of the commercial city of Aba could be more vulnerable to the scurge based on available statistics.
He had also announced that the two molecular laboratory equipment procured by the state would be arriving this weekend from the United States of America and assured that the state would deploy its rapid response team to all the Local Government Areas to ensure that the target of testing no fewer than 10 per cent of the population was achieved.
Senator Ohuabunwa who distributed thousands of nose masks to communities in Abia North Wednesday in Umuahia, urged residents of the state to take the issue of covid -19 very seriously, arguing that the pandemic is real contrary to feelings in some quarters.
He charged residents to strictly adhere to all government directives and personal hygiene including social distancing as part of the sacrifices needed to stay away from the pandemic.
The former Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament who was represented by the Director General of his political structure, “Follow Better Organisation”, Dr. Ndubuisi Eke, noted that if residents failed to take the crusade against the scourge seriously, Abia could become the epicentre of the scourge in the South East in the months ahead.
Ohuabunwa who had earlier distributed cartons of hand sanitizers to his constituents said the gesture was part of his contributions to complement government’s efforts towards stemming the spread of the pandemic in the state.
He specifically urged residents to ensure they wear their face masks any time they have cause to leave their homes, and to also practice regular washing of hands with running tap.
The senator who however, noted that coronavirus was not a death sentence, expressed optimism that the world would soon overcome the pandemic.
Security agencies as well as some media houses in the state also benefited from the gesture.
Chief Kalu Ike from Ohafia Local Government Area who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked Ohuabunwa for the gesture, describing him as one of those who have Substantially identified with the constituency during the covid -19 pandemic.
He prayed God to reward him while urging other well -meaning individuals in the zone to emulate the senator.