Gov. Ugwuanyi constitutes medical c’ttee on de-escalation of COVID-19 – By Gloria Uchenna

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Gov. Ugwuanyi takes steps to keep coronavirus at bay

Enugu state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has approved the immediate constitution of an ad hoc expert medical advisory committee to fashion out urgent and effective measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state, as recommended by Enugu state chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA). 

In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, made available to SummitNews, the committee will in consultation with leaders of various religious groups, market associations, professional associations, labour unions, recommend urgent and effective measures for the de-escalation of transmission of coronavirus infection in Enugu state.

According to the statement, other groups to be consulted include the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Enugu state chapter, Association of Tricycle Riders Transport Union, Enugu state civil society groups, organized private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders.

The statement said the recommendations should conform to all extant protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), for the containment of the spread of the coronavirus infection.

The ad hoc committee which has a Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Prof. Emmanuel Ejim, as chairman, will also “take any other reasonable steps that may be incidental to the attainment of the objective above.” 

Members of the committee include; Rev. Canon. Dr. Ifeanyi Onah , chief consultant plastic surgeon and head, infectious disease unit, National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu), Dr. Nneka Unaogu, consultant psychiatrist/head, research and training Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu); Dr. Nnamdi Nwosu consultant respiratory physician, UNTH, Dr. Joseph Enebe, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUT), Parklane, Enugu,   Dr. Obinna Anikwe, consultant urologist, UNTH, and secretary, Enugu State Guild of  Medical Directors. 

Others are Dr. Obinna Nduagubam, consultant pediatrician, ESUTH, Dr. Onyinye Chime, consultant public health physician, ESUTH, Dr. Aneke Emmanuel, department of obstetrics and gynecology, UNTH, and                                                                         Secretary, NMA, Enugu dtate chapter,  Dr. Chinemerem Dan Onwuliri,                           public health physician, department of community medicine, UNTH, Dr. Okafor Sunday, registrar, public health physician department of community medicine, UNTH/ass. Secretary, NMA, Enugu state chapter, and Dr. Emeka Onoh, public health physician,                                                                          department of community medicine, UNTH.

The committee has two weeks to submit is report.

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