CoronaVirus: Oyo State 100-bed Infectious Disease Centre Ready By April 6 – COVID-19 Task Force

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Gov Makinde of Oyo State

*says about N100million donations received so far 

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Acting Chairman of Oyo State COVID -19 Task Force, Professor  Temitope Alonge on Wednesday disclosed that the newly created 100 bed Oyo State Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo area of Ibadan will be ready for use by next  Monday, April 6.

Bbriefing newsmen  on activities of the Task force, Professor Alonge stressed that as at present, Oyo State  Government has received close to N100million as endowment fund from willing donors in its on going fight against COVID -19 .
The Acting Chairman maintained that Oyo state government “is already considering modalities for giving palliatives to the people of the state to cushion the effect of the hardship occasioned by the partial lockdown of the state.
On the Infections centre, Professor Along said the level of job done at the Centre should be above 80% and that the infections disease centre in Olodo stands as the main anchor of cases of Covid-19 in the state, saying, “the  infections disease centre is almost set to begin to receive the first set of patience effective from Monday.”

“Monday because we have made some adjustments to the entire Centre and I can take you through the flow. But, most importantly, the two issues that the task force in Oyo State has been able to achieve is that the functionality of the task force through the EOC is not focusing a hundred percent on treatment but on actual prevention and education of the people and that is why you have seen us go round the markets, distributed materials to the local government authorities primarily to let the people know that prevention is actually better than cure” he said.
The former UCH CMD added, “and so, if we maintain all the preventive measures that have been put in place and are been harmmered upon on a regular basis by the members of the Task Force, I believe we will have less of a burden coming into the treatment centre.”
While urging  the people of Oyo state to “as much as possible, maintain physical distance and not social distancing alone”, he said, “physical distancing is different from social distancing in the sense that social distancing was brought in as a terminology that was to reduce social interactions in pubs, clubs and areas where people relax.”
“Whereas physical distancing is more apt in telling you to maintain a distance between yourself and your neighbour. Ensure you wash your hands regularly and more importantly, please be on the lookout for people that may have symptoms around you. This disease does not respect persons, neither does it respect academia, political positions, cadre and our Governor has been magnanimous not only to express his best wishes to everybody in Oyo State, but he is in sound health and sound mind and he is still controlling the affairs of the state.”
Speaking further, Professor Alonge said, “leveraging from his encouragement to us, those of us on the field are carrying forth his mandate. Today, the extent of work done at Olodo has advanced and the first thing we do is to ensure that the health workers who are going to be working here are not only optimally protected but that they have all that is required.”
“As I speak, we have 600 personal protective equipment, specifically earnmarked me. We have procured three set of 5KVA inverters. One will power our High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Resuscitation Unit, another one will power the ventilators while the last one will be for the lightings of the entire Centre.This does not preclude the generators and other sources of power installed in the facility. We only need to put in some finishing touches, like Oxygen, running water and Solar panel system. We also have a small mortuary because not everyone will survive but we don’t pray for anyone to die. In a setting like this, people are bound to die and we have to provide them with decent storage.”
Oyo State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo in his remarks lauded the people of the state and Nigerians generally for their contributions into the Oyo State Covid-19 endowment fund that has been set up in partnership with three different bank, saying, “we set up three bank accounts with partner banks for the Oyo State Covid-19 endowment fund. We set up an account with First bank, UBA and Unity bank. These three accounts are the designated accounts by the state government to accept donations on behalf of the state government.”
“Currently, we have several hundred pledges and as of today (Wednesday), we have close to a hundred million already deposited in these three accounts.So, we must thank the citizens and all those who have helped donate. Also what we want to let everyone know clearly is that, only those three accounts are the designated accounts for any donation for Oyo State. Also we must thank those who donated in kind and materials.”
The Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Matters,  CP Fatai Owoseni while speaking disclosed that the state has achieved about 90%  in the  Enforcement of the curfew, as the security operatives deployed for the enforcement are mindful of human right and avoiding the abuse.ENDS 
He was accompanied by some members of the Task Force including the Commissioner of Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, Special Adviser (Security) to Governor Seyi Makinde, CP Fatai Owoseni, Director, Planning, Resources and Statistics, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Dr Abass Gbolahan among others.
Alonge, who was the immediate past Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan was appointed by Governor Makinde to continue to chair the committee on his behalf after he (Makinde) tested positive to the virus last week Monday.
Rating the level of job done at the Centre to be above eighty percent, Alonge noted that stepping on for the Governor I’m the capacity of the Chairman is a big task but must done in order to ensure that information available to the people of the state are correct, accurate and as precise as it can be.
He added that the infections disease centre in Olodo which he described as the main anchor of cases of Covid-19 in the state “is almost set to begin to receive the first set of patience effective from Monday.
“Monday because we have made some adjustments to the entire Centre and I can take you through the flow.
“But, most importantly, the two issues that the task force in Oyo State has been able to achieve is that the functionality of the task force through the EOC is not focusing a hundred percent on treatment but on actual prevention and education of the people and that is why you have seen us go round the markets, distributed materials to the local government authorities primarily to let the people know that prevention is actually better than cure.
“And so, if we maintain all the preventive measures that have been put in place and are been harmmered upon on a regular basis by the members of the Task Force, I believe we will have less of a burden coming into the treatment centre.
“Please as much as possible, maintain physical distance and not social distancing alone. Physical distancing is different from social distancing in the sense that social distancing was brought in as a terminology that was to reduce social interactions in pubs, clubs and areas where people relax. Whereas physical distancing is more apt in telling you to maintain a distance between yourself and your neighbour.
“Ensure you wash your hands regularly and more importantly, please be on the lookout for people that may have symptoms around you. This disease does not respect persons, neither does it respect academia, political positions, cadre and our Governor has been magnanimous not only to express his best wishes to everybody in Oyo State, but he is in sound health and sound mind and he is still controlling the affairs of the state.
“Leveraging from his encouragement to us, those of us on the field are carrying forth his mandate.
“Today, the extent of work done at Olodo has advanced and the first thing we do is to ensure that the health workers who are going to be working here are not only optimally protected but that they have all that is required.
“As I speak, we have 600 personal protective equipment, specifically earnmarked me
“We have procured three set of 5KVA inverters. One will power our High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Resuscitation Unit, another one will power the ventilators while the last one will be for the lightings of the entire Centre.
“This does not preclude the generators and other sources of power installed in the facility.
“We only need to put in some finishing touches, like Oxygen, running water and Solar panel system. We also have a small mortuary because not everyone will survive but we don’t pray for anyone to die. In a setting like this, people are bound to die and we have to provide them with decent storage.”
Also speaking, the State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo thanked the people of the state and Nigerians generally for their contributions into the Oyo State Covid-19 endowment fund that has been set up in partnership with three different bank.
He said “We set up three bank accounts with partner banks for the Oyo State Covid-19 endowment fund. We set up an account with First bank, UBA and Unity bank.
“These three accounts are the designated accounts bythe state government to accept donations on behalf of the state government. Currently, we have several hundred pledges and as of today (Wednesday), we have close to a hundred million already deposited in these three accounts.
“So, we must thank the citizens and all those who have helped donate. Also what we want to let everyone know clearly is that, only those three accounts are the designated accounts for any donation for Oyo State. Also we must thank those who donated in kind and materials.”
Although, Ojo did not give name of any specific donor, he assured that there are a lot of donations coming in and there is a aub-grouo of the task force currently helping to manage the donations that are been received.
Also CP Owoseni in his remarks said the state has achieved about 90 percent of Enforcement of the curfew, adding that the security operatives deployed for the enforcement are mindful of human right and avoiding the abuse.

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