By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Director-General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has lauded the level of preparedness of the oyo state government aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as well as treatment for victim’s of the disease in the state.
NCDC boss gave the commendation during an inspection visit with officials of the who led by its country representative, Dr Fiona Braka to the state infectious disease center facilities put in place by the Oyo state government to serve as diagnostic, research and treatment center for persons who tested positive to the coronavirus
Ihekweazu impressed by what they met on ground said, “The key thing for this treatment centre is to get things started; to get the first set of patients in and try whether the systems move. You can never know how good a house is until someone is living inside.
“So, we have to bring in the first patients and make sure that everything works fine and we can grow from there.
“I think this centre will serve Nigeria, not just Oyo State. It will serve the entire country for many years to come for all sorts of infectious diseases, for research, for diagnosis, and for care.
“So, I really look forward to coming back here in a few months and see a vibrant centre with staff, patients, researchers and activities happening.
“I leave Oyo State very gratified with the progress made, and I am very grateful to all of you and the good people of the state.”