European Union donates cold store to Anambra
The Cold store
By Sunny A. David, Awka
The European Union (EU) has donated a cold store block to the Anambra State Government through the Anambra State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ASPHCDA).
The cold store, built at Anaku, Ayamelum Council Headquarters, is one of the intervention projects by the European Union in the state to ease storage difficulties and give easy access to immunization vaccines, especially at the grassroots.
The donor calls for adequate safeguard and maintenance of the project by the benefiting community.
Restating the significance of the project to the healthcare demands of the community, the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Health Care Development Agency, Doctor Chioma Ezenyimulu, who represented the wife of the Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, said that the ultra-modern facility will improve immunization coverage and serve the not-easy-to-access areas of Ayamelum and beyond.
The EU-SIGN Team Leader, Doctor Ibrahim Yissa, who said the handover was only provisional and would become permanent after one year of satisfactory comprehensive maintenance and supervision, called for retention of the structural aesthetics of the building and said the EU-SIGN’s partnership with Anambra State remained exceptional given the state’s unbeatable achievements in the areas of immunization coverage and childcare support.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr John Ndube, said that Routine Immunization remains one of the
cardinal and cost-effective health intervention strategies, and said the project is distinct having been sited where it will have the most significant impact.
Earlier in his opening address, the Transition Committee Chairman of Ayamelum Council Area, Mr Kenneth Okolo, said the recognition of the area with the unique project, will serves the desired goal and applauded the EU for the intervention.
The contractor of the project, Chief Joel Udoka, attributed the successful completion of the structure to harmonious supports, assuring of its durability.
Also at the handover were the representative of the Minister for Budget and National Planning, the Supervisory Unit of the EU-SIGN projects in Nigeria, Mrs. Joy Ofokansi, traditional rulers, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mrs Obiageliaku Umeadi and other stakeholders among others.
The keys to the building were later handed over to the Executive Secretary of ASPHCDA, Doctor Ezenyimulu, by the EU-SIGN Team Leader, after which they were shown round the structure by the construction team.