Chiemeka ADINDU, Calabar
A corps member, Essen Ekemini Etim, a first class graduate of medical laboratory science from the Madonna University who is currently serving with the Calabar women and children hospital has rolled out COVID-19 palliatives to assist the Cross River State Government in cushioning the effect of the Corona virus in the state.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Betta Edu who received the palliatives on behalf of the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade extolled the corps member for his humanitarian gestures to the state government. She said the donation was a sign of the love the corps member had for the state and the country.
“The NYSC has contributed immensely in the fight against the virus in the state. This is not the first time the state government is receiving palliatives from Members of the National Youth Service Corps.
“A corps member once donated his one month ‘allawee’ and others have distributed some palliatives while the state has also felt the impact of the services of many Corps Doctors and paramedics serving in the state”.
In his remarks, State Coordinator of the scheme in Cross River, Alhaji Mohammed Nakamba who spoke through the Assistant Director, Community Development Service (CDS), Mr. Umoffong Ubokudom said community development was one of the cardinal points of the NYSC where Corps Members are encouraged to identify and proffer lasting solutions to the needs of their host communities.
In an interaction with TNN, Essen said the project is targeted at encouraging healthy lifestyle and preventive measures against the global pandemic, providing a platform for well meaning Nigerians to give towards curbing the spread of the Global pandemic in the state and to partner with the State Ministry of Health in achieving sustainable health care Development.
Beneficiaries of the project are NYSC Cross River State secretariat, General Hospital, Calabar, Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar Women and Children Hospital, Obong of Calabar, Primary Health Care centre, Ikot Ansa, Primary Health Care centre, Ikot Omin. The items are 30 veronica buckets, 100 bottles of hand sanitizers and 100 pieces of customized nose masks.