By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Acting chairman of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Temitope Alonge said on Friday that efforts of the state government at curbing the spread of the virus are yielding results.
Prof. Alonge, who addressed newsmen at the newly completed Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, Ibadan, stated that due to the efforts of the Task Force, cases of infection are not on the rise in the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Prof Alonge as saying that the state was flagged off the training of health workers and volunteers to man strategic sections of the Olodo Centre on Saturday.
The disclosures were made on the heels of the growing interests by well-meaning individuals and companies who have been making donations to the State in cash and kind.
Prof. Alonge, who received a delegation of Zard Holdings at the Olodo Centre appreciated the representatives of the company for making huge donations to the state in aid of its efforts to combat COVID-19.
The Group Property Manager of Zard Holdings, Prince Taiwo Oriowo, said the organization comprising Zartech, Sweetco and Kopek Construction Company are complementing government efforts at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
He said the items cost the organizations about N20million but that it is not too much to give back to society.
He listed the items to include 100 hospital beds, pillows, mattresses, bedside lockers, and drip stands among others, said that the company was concerned about the need to tackle coronavirus frontally in the state.
Another key contributor to Oyo State was the Central Abattoir, Ibadan, which also donated hospital beds, mattresses and other items worth N15 million.
Mr. Oladayo Oladipo, who represented the company said that the management of his firm was concerned about the scourge of coronavirus, adding that it had to present its contributions to helping the state fight the spread of the virus
Prof. Alonge, who told journalists that it was expensive to fight coronavirus, said that the state government was determined to fight the virus by making significant financial commitments to all the eight units involved.
According to him, measures put in place have started yielding fruits as the state has remained stable as new cases have not been on the rise.
He added that the list of infected people in the state stands at eight, with one person discharged and two others doing exceptionally well.
He also stated that two infected persons are awaiting re-testing before they can be declared negative publicly.
Prof Alonge also stated that the remaining five infected persons are also doing well and responding to treatment.
He reiterated the fact that the State’s Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo will be operational from Monday.