Covid-19: Oyo government to upgrade treatment facility

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan receiving the equipment for Covid-19 treatment

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde says he will upgrade the Coronavirus treatment facility located in Saki, the Oke-Ogun area of the State, so it would be an improvement on the one existing in Olodo, Ibadan.

Makinde gave the assurance while receiving hospital equipment worth over N250m donated to the Oyo State government by the private sector-driven Coalition Against Covid-19 (CaCovid), in partnership with First Bank Nigeria, FBN.

Receiving the equipment on Friday, Governor Seyi Makinde, who spoke through his Deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, explained that the Saki Isolation Centre, to be completed and commissioned soon, would be for both treatment and research.

According to him, the facility would have provision for observatory, isolation and treatment.

He thanked the Cacovid Team for the initiative and donations, disclosing that all the facilities would be deployed to the Saki Isolation Centre because of the peculiarities of the axis, which serves as a border town with some neighbouring West African countries.

Governor Makinde stated, “So, when patients come in, what we will do is to create an observatory. An observatory is not available in Olodo as I speak. So, Saki is the only one that will have an observatory, an isolation and a treatment centre.”

He explained that ”the observatory is necessary because people who come into the State and may be worried that they may have contracted the virus but with no symptom would need to be taken to the observatory, have their samples taken, get the results within 48 hours and decide whether they will get into isolation or go home.”

The Governor noted that the decision to move all the donated facilities to the Saki Isolation Centre, which would take about six weeks to put in shape, was born out of the desire to put an end to Coronavirus cases and deaths in the State and also give everybody the same sense of belonging.

While appreciating the Cacovid Team for the donations, the Coordinator of the isolation centers in the State, Professor Temitope Alonge, described all the equipment donated as appropriate for the treatment pattern being followed in the State in the fight against COVID-19.

Professor Alonge said; “what thrilled me is that the Cacovid Team took cognisance of the disease pattern that we are managing and decided to provide equipment that are appropriate. What they have done is to provide everything from the most mundane to the expensive ventilators which are all going to be utilised for the management of this disease.”

The Cacovid Team Lead in charge of Oyo and Osun states, Dr Timothy Aroowogun said the objective of donating the equipment is to “support the State government in eliminating Covid-19, help the citizens and the health workers to contain the pandemic.”

Aroowogun, who also represented FBN Chief Executive Officer, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, assured the government that despite the pandemic, ”the Bank is working tirelessly to ensure that banking transaction for every business interest continues seamlessly on other alternative channels.”

Some of the equipment donated are, lead ECG electrode, heavy duty apron, autoclave, auto syringe pump, biohazard bag, blood warmer, centrifuge (refrigerator), defribilators (AED) and portable ultrasound imaging.

Others are: mobile digital x-ray unit, face shield, protective googles, hospital gown, oxygen cylinders, wheelchairs, oxygen concentrator, oxygen regulators, nebuliser, kidney dish, patient multiparameter monitor, stretcher and suction devices.

Mercy Chukwudiebere