New Wave: Stop Managing COVID-19 Cases In Your Private Facilities, Oyo Task Force Warns

Governor Makinde updating Oyo State residents on CoronaVirus developments in Ibadan on Monday April 6, 2020.

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the state’s COVID-19 Technical Task Force, in Oyo State on Saturday warned owners of private health facilities in the state against managing COVID-19 cases in their facilities
Chairman of the Technical Task Force,

Professor Temitope Alonge, handed down the warning in a memo addressed to Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Managers of private health facilities in the state.

According to Professor Alone in the memo, managing COVID 19 cases in private health facilities in the state has been linked with the rising cases of the infection in the state.

“No private health facility in Oyo State has been licensed to manage COVID-19 patients. Strict adherence to the laid down infection prevention and control measures will be enforced by the EOC at any private health facility. I wish to inform you that there are reports of an increase in the number of healthcare workers who have contracted Coronavirus infection at various healthcare facilities”, he said

Professor Alone added, “the spread of the new wave of the CoronaVirus infection in Oyo State is increasing and the reports reaching the Emergency Operations Centre and the Technical Task Force is that some of the people infected had been managed for various ailments in some private health facilities.

“In some cases, the private health facilities fail to notify the EOC about suspected cases that would have had their samples taken by the EOC at the invitation of the private health facilities. Sampling of such cases by the EOC has been the established protocol and it is still in place.

“However, repeated breach of this protocol is worrisome and I wish to remind all health care providers that we are not immune to this infection and admitting suspected cases in private health facilities is unacceptable. 

Professor Alonge pointed out thatthere are 30 approved Testing Centres including the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, for the purpose of testing samples and that those suspected to have symptoms of Coronavirus infection should be referred to these centres for testing and that testing for symptomatic or suspected cases is free. 

He then urged  health workers to comply strictly with the advisory, reiterating that the Oyo State Government could not afford any depletion in the healthcare workforce due to ill health arising from CoronaVirus infection. 


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