The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (SPDC) joint venture partnership have selected Imo State as the choice site to build the COVID-19 Infectious Diseases Medical Centre for the South-east zone.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Timipre Sylva, disclosed this during the weekend while performing the ground breaking ceremony for a permanent construction of 200-bed Emergency and Infectious Disease Hospital for Eastern Region in Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, (IMSUTH).

Sylva said that the project is one of the three categories of the NNPC and SPDC intervention initiatives aimed at assisting states in the six geo-political zones to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

He explained that the other key thematic areas of the partnership include the provision of medical consumables and the development of logistics and in-patient support system.

Sylva that other participants in this initiative include international oil companies and indigenous producers, major oil marketers, crude oil and products traders, depot owners and petroleum products marketers.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, the Governor of Imo State, Mr. Hope Uzodimma, expressed gladness over the project whose cmpletion would save lives and make Imo people and environs much healthier.

Uzodimma extended his gratitude to President Mohammmadu Buhari, whose initiative brought the Nigerian oil and gas sector to partner with the state to erect the befitting medical edifice.