BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The FCT-Nasarawa chapter of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE) at the weekend visited the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Keffi, in Nasarawa state and donated items towards the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
In a press statement signed by the chapter’s chairman, Engr. Onyekachi Onugu, the visit was also aimed at commending health workers in the frontline against COVID-19 as well as highlighting the need for all Nigerians to accept the reality of the plague that has claimed hundreds of lives in the country.
According to the statement, Dr Boniface Wada, who is the Chairman of the Covid-19 Committee, FCT/Nasarawa chapter was quoted to have said that the visit was similar to the one the chapter paid to an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in April 2020 in honour of their late colleague and senior Fellow of the Society, Engr. Suleiman Achimugu who was the first victim of this virus in Nigeria.”
Apart from emphasizing on the tremendous work medical personnel are doing to save lives, he commended health workers for their dedication to duties, adding, “Health workers deserve more recognition than they are accorded presently.”
The chapter also presented gift items considered useful to health workers and patients alike in appreciation of their dedication and sacrifice for the wellbeing of Nigerian citizens. Some of the items, among others, like the sanitizers are the products of the Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers’ Company.
Responding, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the centre, Dr. Yahaya Baba Adamu, expressed profound gratitude to the chemical engineers for their visit. He praised the FCT-Nasarawa chapter of the NSChE for producing quality chemical to combat the COVID-19 plague in the country.
Handing over the gift items to the Chairman of the FMC Keffi COVID-19 Task Force, the CMD promised the engineers that the items would be judiciously used.