By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
In its bid for efficient and effective management of coronavirus pandemic in the state, Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday inaugurated a 160-bed state-of-the-art isolation centre.
While inaugurating the Mercyland Isolation Centre in Osogbo, Governor Oyetola disclosed that Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) renovated the health facility and donated equipment and consumables for 100-bed to which the state government added 60-bed.
Oyetola further said that on the same premises, the state has another 20-room single bed isolation centre, giving the Mercyland facility a 180-bed isolation centre.
He attributed the successes recorded by the state on the effective management of the pandemic to holistic approach launched against the virus since its berthed in Nigeria and the state.
Oyetola said 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, making 342-isolation beds and 8 ICU-bed facilities in the state.
According to him, “We are adopting a holistic approach to winning the pandemic, including working with the National Centre for Disease Control and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. We have dedicated personnel doing contact tracing, testing of contacts, isolation and care of patients for quality treatment. We have extensive publicity and sensitization programmes in place to educate and update our citizens regularly on how to stop COVID-19 in its tracks.
The governor who commending the Coalition Against COVID-19 for being supportive to the state in its efforts to eliminate the pandemic, appealed to other well-meaning citizens of the state to support the administration in its untiring efforts to combat the menace just as he urged them to comply with the subsisting rules and regulations.
In his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi, who doubled as the Chairman, Osun COVID-19 Taskforce, attributed the milestone achievements recorded by the Taskforce to the huge support received from the Governor.
Earlier in his remarks, the COVID-19 Coordinator for Oyo and Osun states, Mr Timothy Arowoogun, applauded the way and manner at which the Osun state government has been managing the pandemic since its birth in the state, describing the State as one of the few states in Nigeria that had proved their capacities and commitments in combating the deadly disease.