The Ogun State Government has commissioned an additional 100- bed isolation and treatment centre for COVID-19 patients with a firm assurance that the facility will further increase the state’s capacity to fight the pandemic.
According to a statement released on the official Twitter page of Ogun State, the centre, which is a donation from the private sector Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID), sits in the Oke-Mosan area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker said the state government now has over 300 beds across its isolation and treatment centres, describing the donation as a milestone in the State’s response to COVID-19 since the government woke up to the index case on Feb 27, 2020.
Mrs Coker recalled how the State, which has the longest-standing Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the country, sprang into action to address the index case and prepare for the ensuing event of an outbreak.
She said that the present administration has strategically set up isolation and treatment centres in OOUTH, Sagamu, Ikenne and Iberekodo in Abeokuta for high risk and low-risk cases respectively and that the new facility will basically take care of low-risk cases.
Dr Coker pointed out that the private sector gesture will further boost the State’s capacity to fight the pandemic, adding that the donation of the much sought after equipment, including mobile x-ray, multi-parameter patients monitoring equipment, among others, will strengthen the State’s health sector after the COVID-19 saga.
Acknowledging the generosity of CACOVID, the Commissioner assured the public that the resources will be efficiently used, noting that the state government will continue to test and treat cases accordingly.
In his remarks, the representative of CACOVID, Mr Ademola Bilesanmi, described the COVID-19 pandemic as a global issue which called for the support of the private sector to complement government efforts.
Appreciating the Dapo-Abiodun-led government for the creative approach it has deployed so far in addressing the pandemic in the state, Bilesanmi thanked the present administration for the opportunity of a partnership at this critical moment.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria currently has 5162 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 1180 persons discharged and 167 deaths.
Ogun State has 134 total confirmed cases, 72 active cases, 57 total discharged cases and 5 deaths recorded.
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