COVID-19: Ogun State Govt designate OOUTH as coronavirus diagnostic and treatment centre.
Facilities at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) has been upgraded by the Ogun State government to help curb the spread of coronavirus in the state. This was disclosed by the governor of Ogun, Prince Dapo Abiodun via his verified Twitter handle. The governor also used same medium to inform the good people of the state the eefforts hia government has made so far in the fight against COVID-19 among other things.
In his words:
“As part of measures to control the spread of the Corona Virus in our State, we are currently conducting a contact tracing via the Disease Surveillance Notification Centres (DSNC) we set up in all 20 LGAs.
This was done so as to determine who and what exactly have come in contact with the State’s index patient who is a visiting foreigner, working in Ewekoro.
From the tracing, we have been able to identify and quarantine about 28 persons who have been in contact with the index patient, while we set up two isolation centres within the Ewekoro company that remains shut to usual activities.
We have distributed equipment to medical personnel up to the LG level. We are also currently sharing a specialised app to health workers for the easier identification and isolation of persons suspected to be infected.
The Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu has been empowered specifically to be a DSNC in case of an outbreak.
I have liaised with my Lagos counterpart and the concerned ministers and commissioners to upgrade our isolation centres to full-fledged bio-security centres.”
Recall that the index case of coronavirus in Nigeria arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport via a Turkish Airline flight on Monday.
According to Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for Health, the patient spent the night at an undisclosed hotel near the airport and on Tuesday morning, he moved down to Ewekoro in Ogun.
He reportedly carried out business within the confines of the company on Tuesday and in the early part of Wednesday. The Italian, who was said to have spent the night within Lafarge premises, started to develop symptoms of high fever and body pains in the afternoon.
He was then taken to the company’s medical facility where the investigation began.
The patient is currently being isolated at the state’s bio-security facility in the Yaba area of Lagos.