By Ahmed Ubandoma
First Lady Aisha Buhari has renovated and equipped a 15-bed capacity ward in Mararaba Gurku Medical Centre in Nasarawa State to provide conducive atmosphere for COVID-19 patients.
Buhari also built two sanitary and administrative block in the facility.
Buhari, who was represented by Dr Haji Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, said the facility was part of her effort towards supporting the state in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
She urged the management of the centre to ensure proper maintenance of the facility.
The first lady also distributed personal protective equipments (PPEs), food items and other medical equipments.
Buhari enjoined residents of the state to sustain prayers against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country.
In his response, the Nasarawa State deputy governor and Chairman, State Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, thanked the first lady for the gesture and promised to make judicious use of the facility.
Akabe said the state government was making frantic efforts towards containing the spread of the pandemic in the state.
He said the facility would be used as one of the isolation centres to cater for the COVID-19 patients in the state.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director, Nasarawa State Hospitals Management Board, Dr Usman George, expressed appreciation to the first lady for the gesture.
George said that the facility was one of the site identified by the state government to treat COVID-19 patients.
”We want to make proper use of this place to have a unilateral flow where you have donning areas where you have personal protective equipments and areas where you remove the personal protective equipments.
”We also intend to put cardiac monitors and one or two ventilators as part of the state government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.