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Edwin Eze: COVID-19 – Governor Ugwuanyi’s Safe Steps to Mitigate Serious Effects and Improve Healthcare

For all, the challenge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has revolved around a delicate balance between the economic austerity that the pandemic has favored and the undeniable reality of its fatality.

And so, when the various nations began to ease the blockade, new peaks emerged in case of numbers, forcing the leaders to rethink.

At home, daily data from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) show a national increase in confirmed cases. This escalation heralds serious dangers and stresses that the increase reflects our people’s post-closure attitudes.

Unfortunately, the real concerns are about preparing citizens for compliance with the security measures adopted by the NCDC and various governments. In markets, churches and other public places, there is little evidence that Nigerians live up to their promises and difficulties that led to the relaxation of the closure. Such basic hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing, maintaining social distance, the use of face masks and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers are widely observed in rape.

But behind the scenes, various governments and leaders are not intimidated by this apparent demonstration of people’s laxity or apathy. Some state governors have not ceased to outline several efforts to save the situation or limit the spread of COVID-19, which is now in the process of being broadcast by the community.

Obviously, that empathy led to many safe measures that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the State of Enugu was taking to improve the delivery of health care and mitigate the harsh effects of the virus in the coal city state.

One of these proactive measures has been the recent formation of an ad hoc expert medical advisory committee to reduce the transmission of coronavirus in the state of Enugu. It was a commendable reaction to the recent increase in the number of cases in his state.

The 12-man committee that has the cardiologist and professor of medicine, Professor Emmanuel Ejim as president, is charged with “recommending urgent and effective measures to reduce transmission” of COVID-19 after interacting with religious leaders. groups, market associations, transport unions, civil society groups, organized private sector and various renowned stakeholders.

The most demanding minds have approved the Governor for this latest move, noting that such ideas and commitments will help sort things out and recommend the way forward.

Just Tuesday, Governor Ugwuanyi, to another compassionate measure, granted tax relief and other incentives to taxpayers in the state of Enugu. This was inside
Promote your administration’s efforts to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on state residents.

The governor’s decision was contained in a statement by the president of the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, Prince Emeka Odo, who noted that “the Enugu state government, since the beginning of the current administration in May 2015, has renounced payment of personal income tax and market tax for all merchants in the main state markets “.

The president added that the exemptions “which form part of the administration’s policies for the poor will remain in force and continue until the end of the mandate”.

Other COVID-19 tax incentives and incentives approved by the Governor were as follows: “The deadline for submitting Form A for employees and annual returns in accordance with Section 41 (3) and 81 (1-3) of Personal Income The 2011 tax law (PITA) amended for companies and institutions operating in the state of Enugu has been extended until 30 July 2020.

“A penalty and interest waiver is granted for late submissions of Pay as you Earn (PAYE) deductions from January to December 2020 for all sectors. A 50% discount on all capital gains tax (CGT) from now until December 2020. A 50% discount on all personal income tax assessments issued to school and hotel owners for the year 2020.

“A 50% discount on all land use tax payments for the year 2020. This discount will expire on December 31, 2020.”

To date, palliative packages have been distributed to different categories of individuals and groups, particularly needy and vulnerable people, all in an attempt to reduce the difficulties of the moment. His administration continues to pay the 25 percent COVID-19 subsidy to frontline workers, as well as establishing the life insurance package for these classes of medical professionals.
Fortunately, the state of Enugu today has the ability to test for coronavirus disease.

Governor Ugwuanyi’s massive intervention in the health sector goes beyond COVID-19.

You are thinking about the well-being of the next generation. And this, perhaps, is the only way to appreciate the essence of your huge investments in other aspects of healthcare.

A few days ago, contractors moved to the sites when the government started building three type hospitals simultaneously in seven areas of the state’s local government! The happiness brought about by the projects has not yet died out across the state.

After the construction of the hospitals, Governor Ugwuanyi carried out inspection visits to the existing general hospitals in Enugu-Ezike, Agbani, Awgu, the Oji River, as well as the Nsukka District Hospital and the basic obstetrics school on the Oji River. . The news was not the visits but the actions that followed.

Ugwuanyi ordered the Ministry of State for Public Works and Infrastructure and other relevant agencies to begin immediate rehabilitation or the scope for the imminent deployment of materials and men to improve these health facilities. Most of them are already underway.

So is anyone surprised why the National Statistics Office classifies Enugu as the fourth best in the country in a doctor-patient ratio of 1: 1,812? Compare this to oil-rich states like Rivers (1 doctor for 3,661 patients), Delta (1: 4,582) and Akwa Ibom (1: 7,635) and perhaps the importance is well assimilated.

These interventions induce the realists’ conscience to ask vital questions about what previous administrations have done to create the necessary access to quality health care for the inhabitants of urban and rural areas.

Even if the governor does not seek personal glory for verifiable results in just five years on the chair and is not interested in spending the money, posterity will kindly judge him when time runs out.

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