By Ralph Christopher
The Anambra Progressives Forum, an interventionist group convened by Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to commission an ultra-modern fully equipped isolation centers valued at over N500 million at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital (NAUTH).
The ceremony will hold at the permanent site of the university at Akammili Nnewi.
The Anambra Progressives Forum, an assemblage of patriotic like-minds driven by symmetrical ideals aim at moving Anambra State forward.
The platform was convened by Sen. (Dr.) Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, with other co-conveners, to chart the way forward and create sustainable roadmap that will address the health and developmental challenges in Anambra State.
According to Sen. Ubah: “The Anambra Progressives Forum is currently constructing three Medical/Surgical Centers with specific specialties in different health areas in Nnewi, Awka and Nsugbe, which cuts across the three Senatorial zones in Anambra State, in our bid to tackle the greatest enemy of mankind: Corona Virus.
“The primary aim of this initiative is to seek lasting solutions to the effects of the pandemic. We see this as legacies that will stand as reference point to showcase what the progressives did at this difficult time.
“We have been able to realise over N300 million in the first phase to build three Medical/Isolation Centers. These centers will be thoroughly sanitized and converted to permanent Medical Centers after the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s after effect had lapsed. We also hope to fully equip the edifices after constructing them so they can be put to immediate use.
“So far, good spirited Anambrarians and our friends who are non Anambra indigenes have risen to the occasion and have donated selflessly, irrespective of the economic difficulties brought about by the covid-19 lockdown/sit at home directive on their businesses”.
Sen. Ubah added that: “In our bid to leave no stone unturned in the transformation of the health sector in the state, we intend to build additional seven 700-bed capacity Medical Centers across the state. We commenced construction of projects lined up in the second phase of our programme in the first week of August. Our mission and major aim is to comprehensively brainstorm on management consultancy and the best way to go about these almost-completed Medical Center projects.
“Members of the Anambra Progressives Forum and other dignitaries that joined us on the tour include: Chief Emeka Agbanari (Seaman); UNIZIK Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Prof. Fredrick Odib; Director, Academic Planning, Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu; and the Director, Medical Center, Prof. Lasbery Asomugha”.
In his brief remark, The UNIZIK Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics); Prof. Odibo, expressed happiness and gratitude to the Anambra Progressives forum for this epoch making project which he said will strengthen qualitative healthcare delivery in the State.