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CORONAVIRUS: Oyo Gets Diagnostic Centre As NCDC Trains Health Officials

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Oyo state government is to set up Diagnostic Centre for the testing of patients or victims of Coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

To this end, a team of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has trained officials in Oyo state who will man the Diagnostic Centre.

According to a statement by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, it will interest the public to know that NCDC has already sent a team of experts that is working in collaboration with our technical team on COVID-19.



“The area of collaboration covers training as well as the immediate setting up of a Diagnostic Centre that will make testing less stressful while at the same time eliminating the time length between sample collection and results”.

“I am also pleased to tell our people that the NCDC team has completed training for our officials who will man the Diagnostic Centre and that the Centre would be ready for NCDC certification any moment from now.

“Some persons would want to question why we are spending big to put up a Diagnostic Centre. The time lag between the collection of samples and receipt of results make the setting up of the Centre imperative. The experience we have with the index case appears almost frustrating as the sample took hours before getting to the National Reference Centre in Lagos” ,governor Seyi Makinde said.

“When the Diagnostic Centre is eventually set up, it will make a huge impact in the health infrastructure in place for the management and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Oyo State.”

The statement further read: “Our Emergency Operation Centre is already fully operational saying additional numbers have been added to the Emergency Operations Centre’s Helplines. Please call these numbers for any issue related to Coronavirus: 08095394000 / 08095963000 / 08078288999 / 08078288800

The statement, however, admonished residents of the state to stop making frivolous calls to the Emergency Operating Centre, adding that people should only call the centre when they have genuine and serious cases.

The government,however, thanked the management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the NCDC and other Nigerians who have positively collaborated with the state government to combat the virus.

While saying that the state still have one confirmed case of Coronavirus in Oyo State, the Bodija case, who is receiving treatment at the isolation centre – the Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho, Ibadan said “the returnee from the USA in Oluyole Local Government Area is still asymptomatic. She has completed her 14-day self-isolation period (March 8-22).

The statement also added that a number of those who have had contact with the index case were already in self-isolation.

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