BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Federal Capital Territory Council has donated 150 protective suits to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), FCT chapter as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
At present, the FCT, with 2,322 confirmed cases, is ranked second behind Lagos State that still remains the epicentre of the virus with 11,520 cases of the deadly infection.
Chairman of the FCT Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche, said the donation is meant to encourage the doctors and all health workers on the frontline working tirelessly to contain the virus.
Ogbeche, who presented the items to the President of FCT Chapter of the Association, Dr Rowland Aigbovo, said the Council’s gesture was also in recognition of the risks frontline workers face in their huge efforts and sacrifice to successfully tackle this global health challenge.
In urging the doctors to put on their best during this health emergency period, the NUJ Chairman expressed happiness that nine (9) members of Council, who contracted the virus while on duty, have gotten well; thanks to the health workers commitment and diligence at the various isolation centres and approved hospitals nationwide.
Comrade Ogbeche, said the Council made the donation to compliment efforts by all stakeholders’ efforts given the fact that government alone cannot do it all.
He therefore challenged Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Associations; and good spirited Nigerians to join hands in fighting the virus by donating equipments to health workers towards boosting their morale in this challenging time.
In his response, Dr Rowland Aigbovo, thanked the NUJ for its kind gesture, saying that now is the time to work together to defeat COVID-19 and kick it out of Nigeria.
Aigbovo, who described himself as a journalist having edited their medical magazine, said NARD will always strive to live up to its responsibility by doing its best in the service of humanity.