By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government says she has enrolled over 8,000 health workers for life insurance, to further motivate them, just as she declared her readiness to partner Federal Government to feed not less than 60,000 pupils.
The State government has also assured not relent in the ongoing fight against Covid-19 pandemic until it is fully contained and curtailed within the four walls of the State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, and her counterpart Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs,Barr. Demi Ogunbanwo disclosed this while briefing members of the State House of Assembly on government’s efforts towards reducing the spread of the pandemic, at the Assembly Complex in Abeokuta.
NN recalled that House of Assembly invited the two Commissoners, last Friday to account for the State government efforts so far on how to curb the spread of Coronavirus and the distributions of Palliatives methods.
Reeling out the strategies for the containment of the virus in the State, the Commissioner for Health noted that, 700 contacts had been tested, out of which 137 were confirmed positive, with 59 of them treated and discharged, 70 active cases and five fatalities recorded.
Dr. Coker recalled that Ogun recorded the index case in the country on February 27, 2020 and the State had since been responding accordingly to the situation, without leaving any stone unturned, acknowledging that available facilities at the centres had made response to the pandemic steady in the State.
She affirmed that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration had so far displayed the political will to fight Covid-19 through the various creative strategies, which have resulted in the State having relatively lower number of cases despite being the first State to record Coronavirus in the country.
On the modalities for the establishment of the five isolation centres situated in Sagamu, Ikenne and Abeokuta, Coker clarified that this was in line with the international standard practices in siting such centres close to tertiary health facilities.
She hinted that the new medical equipment deployed to treat coronavirus patients will outlast the pandemic, and would be distributed across the state-owned tertiary, secondary and primary health facilities to further serve the people, saying the first of its kind molecular laboratory of the state government will be accredited in no time by the officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Taking turn to brief the lawmakers, the State Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Barr. Femi Ogunbanwo said the over 60, 000 school pupils, who were currently at home would be fed within the next two weeks, under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government.
Ogunbanwo explained that the intervention would be done through collaboration with necessary stakeholders, including the Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) and Local Government Councils, at 290 designated distribution centres in the various wards across the State.
He clarified that the distribution of palliatives to cushion the impact of the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, was carried out without political consideration, adding that within two weeks, over 2, 400 household had been enlisted in conditional cash transfer, for the ongoing National Social Register of the Federal Government in the State.
The Commissioner noted that this feat had not been achieved in the last nine years, assuring that the State’s 100,000 target would be achieved within the next few weeks.
Responding, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, challenged the Commissioners to improve on every measure at combating the spread of the virus, reiterating that the ninth Assembly would continue to collaborate with the Executive arm at ensuring that the State flatten the curve of the pandemic.
Oluomo also tasked the residents of the State to adhere strictly to guidelines put forward by health personnel, including; maintenance of social distance, use of facemask, handwashing and other hygienic practices amongst others.