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Covid-19: Osun Governor commissions 160-bed Isolation Centre

The Osun State Governor in Southwest Nigeria has commissioned a 160-bed isolation center.

The health facility located at Mercyland hospital in Osogbo, the State capital was renovated by a non-governmental organisation, the Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID).

The coalition also donated 100 beds with equipment and consumables, in addition to 60beds donated by the state government.

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said ”the same Mercyland has another 20-room single-bed isolation centre, giving the facility a 180-bed isolation centre.”

The Governor said the initiative would assist the State government in containing the spread of the rampaging virus.

He attributed the successes recorded by the state on the effective management.

Governor Oyetola noted that his administration adopted creative methods to manage the pandemic as it dedicated funds, human resource and a focused resolve to end the menace.

“The state government had renovated and equipped three other isolation centres which include, 130-bed facility in Ejigbo; 12-bed capacity in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, a 20-bed isolation centre and 8-bed Intensive Care Unit at State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo…The State now has 342-isolation beds and 8 ICU-bed facility.

“We have dedicated personnel doing contact tracing, testing of contacts, isolation and care of patients for quality treatment. We have extensive publicity and sensitisation programmes in place to educate and update our citizens regularly on how to stop Covid -19 in its tracks. 

“We have also provision of palliative for citizens, introduction of lockdown and curfew as appropriate to ensure effective containment of the virus without hurting our economy and livelihoods,” he said.

Commending the Coalition, Governor Oyetola said ensuring the safety and security of the people remains the highest duty that any corporate entity could provide for them.

Response
The Covid-19 Coordinator for Oyo and Osun States, Mr. Timothy Arowoogun, applauded how the Osun State government has managed the pandemic since it recorded the first case.

He described Osun as one of the few states in Nigeria that had proved their capacities and commitments in combating Coronavirus.

Arowoogun pledged that Coalition Against Covid-19, CACOVID would soon return to the state to distribute palliatives to the people.

Source: Voice of Nigeria