Director-General (D-G) of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has commended Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for the “amazing job” his administration has been doing with the federal agency in the fight against COVID-19 in the South-East state.
He gave the commendation when he paid a courtesy visit on Ugwuanyi on Wednesday at the Government House, Enugu.
Ihekweazu said: “It has been an amazing experience in Enugu State for the 13 months we have been responding to the biggest pandemic of our life time”.
He said he was in Enugu State on an inspection tour of some of the health facilities “where COVID-19 cases are being managed and to interact with the public health team”.
He applauded the state government, saying, “we have a very robust response in Enugu”.
Ihekweazu hinted that the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, adding that the vaccine is a new tool that will go a long way in preventing the spread of the disease.
Ihekweazu, who applauded Ugwuanyi for demonstrating leadership and his confidence in the vaccine, by taking his first jab and flagging off the vaccination exercise, encouraged everybody in Enugu State to take advantage of the ongoing vaccination to protect themselves, their families and communities.
He expressed confidence that the country will overcome the pandemic through the vaccination and other public health measures, “and get back to the way of life that we know, such as working, eating, praying, dancing and living together, stressing that “This vaccine provides us an opportunity to do that”.
On the outcome of his visit to Enugu, Ihekweazu said: “Today, we reflected on the past one year; we decided on the path for the future and we know we are stronger together, and in Enugu State, we hope to continue leading the response as we have done”.
Members of the Enugu State Rapid Response Team, led by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, accompanied the Director- General.