By bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo state Covid-19 Task Force initiated by Governor Seyi Makinde has hinted that it has received donations close to an N100million as endowment fund from the willing donors in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
The Task Force also assured the residents of the state that the newly created 100 bed State Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo would become fully operational on Monday
The Acting Chairman of the Task Force and the immediate-past University College Hospital (UCH) Chief Medical Director (CMD), Prof. Temitope Alonge, gave the assurance and disclosure, on Wednesday, while briefing newsmen on the updates made so far in the fight against novel virus in the state.
He also informed that the state is already considering modalities for giving palliatives to the people of the state to cushion the effect of the hardship occasioned by the partial lockdown of the state.
Alonge, accompanied by some members of the Task Force, which include, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo; Special Adviser (Security) to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Director, Planning, Resources and Statistics, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Abass Gbolahan, among others, rated the level of job done at the centre to be above 80 per cent.
He added that the infections disease centre in Olodo which he described as the main anchor of cases of Covid-19 in the state “is almost set to begin to receive the first set of patience effective from Monday.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Akinola Ojo, thanked the people of the state and Nigerians generally for their contributions into the Oyo State Covid-19 endowment fund that was set up in partnership with three different banks, First bank, UBA and Unity bank.”
Although, Ojo did not give name of any specific donor, he assured that there are lots of donations coming in and there is a sub-group of the task force currently helping to manage the donations that have been received.
Also, Mr. Owoseni in his remarks said, the state has achieved about 90 per cent of Enforcement of the curfew, adding that, the security operatives deployed for the enforcement are mindful of human right and avoiding the abuse.