By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Saturday cautioned Nigerians against always seeing CoronaVirus as a death sentence and something to be ashamed of.
Speaking at the commissioning of the upgraded Agbami Isolation Centre, Jericho, Ibadan, the governor said since CoronaVirus “is here with us and will be here for some time to come”, there is the need for us to learn how to live with it.
“I battled COVID-19. It is not a death sentence and it is nothing to be ashamed of. The virus is here with us and will be here for some time to come. It will not disappear two or three weeks from now. So, we have to learn how to live with it.”, he said.
The governor added, “so, it is not a big deal that anyone tests positive to COVID-19 and I am not ashamed of it. I fought the virus and I am up and about now. I pray that as many of us that will fight the virus will come out of it doing very well”.
“Don’t self-isolate at home now. If you are a high-end individual, you can come here. You don’t also need to go and hide at private hospitals where they don’t have the facility, personnel and resources to ensure you have adequate care.”
Governor Makinde stressed “if anyone is feeling sick, there are facilities. We have taken the opportunity of the pandemic to strengthen our health care facilities”, saying, when the pandemic ” is no longer here, our facilities will remain and we will maintain them.”
On the upgraded centre, Governor Makinde maintained that the rooms at the Agbami isolation centre have been well-equipped and fixed with oxygen concentrators, saying, “this facility has been upgraded now and it is now an isolation centre.’We have an oxygen concentrator there and you will get the type of care you deserve,” .
Appreciated a member of the state’s COVID-19 Task Force and former Chief Medical Director of the UCH, Professor Temitope ALonge and his team for the good job they have done and are still doing in putting up isolation centres, the governor stressed, “I want to thank Professor Temitope Alonge for this work that you and the team have been doing and are still doing. We are quite blessed in Oyo State because we have the resources and people who can hold their own if you take them anywhere around the globe.
The governor while assuring that health workers will continue to receive strong support in the fight against coronavirus in the state, he lauded the people of the state ” for their support for this administration.”
“If we look at where we are coming from, it has been a challenging environment. When we started the year, we had high hopes. But now, we have to shave off almost 35 per cent of our budget for the year simply because we are faced with a pandemic and economic meltdown. In spite of all of that, with the support of the good people of the state, we have been able to keep moving on.We do not take the support for granted. Keep criticising us constructively on what we are doing. Anything we are doing, which you think we can do better, bring it up to us and we will make the necessary adjustments.”
The commissioning was witnessed by the Head of Service, Mrs. Amidst Ololade Agboola; Professor Alonge and the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello, among others