By Florence Okpeti :
Awka, June 19, 2020 (MOI) A Pharmacist from the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital (COOUTH), Mr Ifeanyi Meniru has donated not less than 200 face masks to the Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA).
Mr Meniru, who presented the face masks at ASWAMA Office, Government House, Awka, said it was his contribution toward assisting government’s efforts at containing spread of Coronavirus in the state.
He explained that he understood the nature of jobs of trash pickers as well as hazards associated with it.
“The work they are doing is not only very important to the society but very risky, because they come in contact with infectious materials in the course of discharging their duties.
“It is a pity that some of them have always failed to put on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while at work.
“I want them to understand that the use of PPE is in their own interest because there is need for them to protect their lives,” Mr Meniru stressed.
He extolled efforts of the agency in maintaining clean and healthy environment, stressing that their services were essential in the fight against spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
Receiving the face masks, the Managing Director ASWAMA, Mr Amechi Akorah commended Mr Meniru for his kind gesture.
He explained that they had tried so hard to convince trash pickers of the need to make use of PPE, which were provided for them by the agency to ensure their safety on the job.
“The agency will organise a workshop for them to educate them more on the need to always protect themselves.” (MOI)