Oyo state government is to set up Diagnostic Centre for the testing of patients or victims of Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
To this end, a team of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has trained officials in Oyo state who will man the Diagnostic Centre.
According to a statement by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, it will interest the public to know that NCDC has already sent a team of experts that is working in collaboration with our technical team on COVID-19.
“The area of collaboration covers training as well as the immediate setting up of a Diagnostic Centre that will make testing less stressful while at the same time eliminating the time length between sample collection and results”.
“I am also pleased to tell our people that the NCDC team has completed training for our officials who will man the Diagnostic Centre and that the Centre would be ready for NCDC certification any moment from now.
“When the Diagnostic Centre is eventually set up, it will make a huge impact in the health infrastructure in place for the management and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oyo State.”
The statement further read: “Our Emergency Operation Centre is already fully operational saying additional numbers have been added to the Emergency Operations Centre’s Helplines. Please call these numbers for any issue related to Coronavirus: 08095394000 / 08095963000 / 08078288999 / 08078288800
The statement, however, admonished residents of the state to stop making frivolous calls to the Emergency Operating Centre, adding that people should only call the centre when they have genuine and serious cases.
The government,however, thanked the management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the NCDC and other Nigerians who have positively collaborated with the state government to combat the virus.
While saying that the state still have one confirmed case of Coronavirus in Oyo State, the Bodija case, who is receiving treatment at the isolation centre – the Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho, Ibadan said “the returnee from the USA in Oluyole Local Government Area is still asymptomatic. She has completed her 14-day self-isolation period (March 8-22).
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Earlier in the week ‘ KBJOJO News reported that Gov. Seyi Makinde visited Agbami Isolation Centre at Jericho chest Hospital to inspect the facility.
During the visit, he stated that since the identification of the Ekiti case on the 18th of March 2020, the Oyo State Government has ramped up its preparation for any possible outbreak of the pandemic.
The Governor added that the state government is collaborating with the College Of Medicine to set up two (2) Diagnostic centres at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, which will begin operations by the end of the week after validation from Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
He made it known that as a result of the newly designated Isolation Centre at Olodo which can accommodate one hundred (100) Isolation bed, the five (5) already established isolation centres have been reduced to three (3) which are:
Four-bed Isolation Centre at Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital, (LAUTECH) Ogbomosho.
Ten-bed Isolation Centre at Jericho Chest Hospital, Ibadan.
And four-bed Isolation Centre at University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan.
The governor added that the Emergency Operating Centres have commenced 24-hours operations.
The statement also added that a number of those who have had contact with the index case were already in self-isolation.
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1. Enlightenment campaigns on Coronavirus prevention via billboards erected in major towns; Ibadan, Oyo Town, Ogbomoso and Eruwa Town have commenced. Also, banners have been placed in popular online media outlets in Oyo State.
2. A medical team from the Ministry of Health has been visiting religious leaders and traditional rulers in Oyo State to sensitize them on the need to adhere to the directive on gatherings having a maximum number of 30 persons. They also shared flyers on prevention of COVID-19 and hand sanitizers.
3. In response to enquiries as to why we have not fumigated markets; based on advice from the state’s epidemiologist, Dr Femi Akinyode, market fumigation will only be necessary in the event of sustained community transmission of the virus.
However, a market sensitization programme using mobile public address system with customised platforms, and provision of hand washing equipment and hand sanitizers are ongoing.
4. Hand sanitizers, hand washing bowls and stands have been distributed to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to be placed at their entry points.
5. We are working to standardise the facilities at the new Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo. A new 60 KVA generator has been provided and CCTV installation is ongoing. An infectious disease expert team from the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, led by Prof Temitope Alonge FRCS, former Chief Medical Director, UCH visited today to assess the facilities.
6. We will be receiving toll-free numbers from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control in the next 48 hours. There are four additional numbers with geolocation tagging leased to the Emergency Operation Centre at no charge by a research group. The numbers will be used for contact monitoring, tracking and tracing.