In an attempt to mitigate risks borne by medical personnel in their line of duties as first responders in combating Coronavirus pandemic in the state, a group of Akwa Ibom professionals under the aegis of Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL) have donated 11,100 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Akwa Ibom State Branch.
The consignment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) comprised surgical face mask (50 packets * 100 units), latex gloves (50 pairs * 100 units), 3M face mask (20 packets * 25 units), disposable aprons (100 packets * 5 units) and goggles (1 packet * 100 units).
Presenting the items to the leadership of NMA at Dr’s Mess, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo; the Coordinator, Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos, Barr. Udom Inoyo, noted that the intervention was to support medical practitioners in the State and encourage them to deliver effective health services, especially amidst the present COVID 19 health crisis.
Barr. Udom Inoyo, represented by an accomplished legal practitioner, Barr. Edo Ukpong, thanked medical professionals in Akwa Ibom State for staking their lives to save others and particularly commended the Akwa Ibom State Branch of the Nigeria Medical Association for collaboratively working with the State Government and other stakeholders in stemming the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the State.
“The Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL) identifies with our health workers, who, as first responders in combating COVID 19, put their lives, including those of family members at risk, so that all of us will be safe.
“We are therefore humbled to be supporting you at this time with some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so that you can boldly discharge your duties.”
Receiving the donation, the Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Branch, Dr. Nsikak Nyoyoko expressed profound gratitude to CAKPIL for the very thoughtful and timely intervention, which he explained, will go a long way to better equip medical personnel in their fight against COVID 19.
Dr. Nsikak Nyoyoko applauded the gesture and pledged that the PPE would be appropriately distributed to doctors, nurses, medical scientists and health workers across the State.
A letter of appreciation addressed to the Coordinator, CAKPIL and jointly signed by the State Chairman, NMA and Secretary General, Dr. Ema Inyang, reads inter alia:
“The State Officers Committee (SOC) and the entirety of the Nigeria Medical Association, Akwa Ibom State Branch wish to extend its profuse gratitude to you and your organization on your thoughtful and timely donation of the under-listed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical personnel in the ongoing fight against the novel Coronavirus Disease SARS – Cov 2 (COVD 19).
“The NMA, Akwa Ibom State Branch, other healthcare workers and the good people of Akwa Ibom State are eternally grateful for your magnanimity and pray the good Lord to replenish the source of this kind donation.”
In his remarks at the hand-over event, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, ably represented by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong thanked Concerned Akwa Ibom State Professionals in Lagos for the donation, describing it as vital to the combat against COVID 19 in the State.
The Health Commissioner remarked on steps so far put in place by the Akwa Ibom State Government to contend the spread of the pandemic, commended medical personnel in the State for their enormous sacrifices so far and charged NMA to effectively deploy the donated items for use in their line of duties.
Dr Dominic Ukpong also spoke in glowing terms of the sustained contributions of the Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL) to Akwa Ibom State over the years and called on other well-meaning organizations, corporations and individuals to emulate the illuminating examples of CAKPIL, a group the Akwa Ibom State Governor, the Health Commissioner and a host of others once belonged. Dr. Ukpong himself is an erstwhile Chairman of NMA, Cross River State Branch (1988-1989), former National Chairman, NMA Committee for Regulation of Private Medical Practice in Nigeria (1988) and a retired Chief Medical Director and Country Manager, Medical and Occupational Health department, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (2010).
Concerned Akwa Ibom Professionals in Lagos (CAKPIL), at the moment, has Udom Inoyo as its Coordinator; Uko Udom, SAN as its Secretary General and Uto Ukpanah as its Treasurer/Chairperson, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
Speaking at the sidelines, the State Public Relations Officer of NMA, Akwa Ibom State Branch, Dr. Emmanuel John noted that NMA and the entire health professionals in the State were greatly encouraged to see others champion matters appertaining to their health and safety just like they champion the health and safety concerns of others.
The evidently elated Dr. John gave a hint as to what the donation of the 11,100 PPE units would mean to health workers in the state at a critical moment like the present.
“Before coming here this evening, I was at one of our State Isolation Centres at Ibom Specialist Hospital, Uyo. This afternoon, some of our doctors and medical workers expressed concerns that it was extremely needful that more PPE be provided to limit their risks of exposure to the dreaded virus, as they work to help others. As soon as we informed them that we were expecting donation of PPE from CAKPIL later in the day, they became greatly relieved and excited. God bless the donors for this very timely intervention.”
The PPE donation event held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital, in strict compliance to personal and respiratory hygiene procedures. The manageable number of persons who attended the event also observed social distance guidelines.