By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State government has threatened to shut down private hospitals managing Covid-19 cases as well as withdraw the owners’ operating license.
However, the government tasked the hospitals to incorporate Covid-19 test into preliminary medical examinations for patients, adding that quick referrals should be made to designated (government) facilities set up to manage Covid-19 cases when tests return positive.
Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation and leader of the Risk Communication team of Covid-19 Management, Funke Egbemode, in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Monday expressed deep concern on the emerging tragic outcomes resulting from professional infractions by some medical facilities and lackadaisical attitude of citizens towards the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to her, the virus is still very much around more deadly than what it was in its first and second waves.
In her words: “Having examined the rising effects of Covid-19 in the state in recent times, the Government of the State of Osun is worried that in spite of the various measures taken to ensure the safety of its citizens, some individuals and institutions have continued to aid the spread of the virus through their flagrant disregard for government’s guidelines.
“The government hereby warns private hospitals to stop attempting to manage Covid-19 cases in their facilities.
“Also, rapid Covid-19 tests should be incorporated into preliminary medical examinations for patients, and quick referrals should be made to designated (government) facilities set up to manage Covid-19 cases when tests return positive. Private hospitals that go against this directive shall have their establishments shut and the owners’ operating licenses withdrawn.
“The government also urged residents to continue to observe the non-pharmaceutical protocols against Covid-19.
“Residents are enjoined not to drop their guards against the virus. Let us wear our masks, and wash our hands regularly with soap or use alcohol-based sanitizer regularly.
“Let us avoid crowded environments and also be deliberate about boosting our immunities.”