COVID - 19 Testing In Ogun Biomedical Lab To Commence Soon - Abiodun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID - 19 Testing In Ogun Biomedical Lab To Commence Soon - Abiodun

Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Governor Dapo Abiodun has assured that the State's Biomedical Laboratory for testing suspected COVID - 19 cases will  be ready for use this week.

Abiodun said the Laboratory which is in its advance stage of establishment when completed will also optimize the test turn-around time and fast-track the treatment of positive cases.

The Governor disclosed this in Ikenne while inaugurating the two wings of a - 128 -  bed  COVID - 19 Isolation Centre at the HID Awolowo Model School, Ikenne.

Abiodun converted the facility - a model school,  built by his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun,  to Isolation centre.

"Arrangements are at an advanced stage to establish our own biomedical laboratory so that we can test suspected cases in the state without going to Lagos or Abuja. 

"This laboratory which will be in place by this weekend will minimize the test turn-around time which currently is between 3 – 5 days and fast-track the treatment of positive cases. 

"It will also reduce period of apprehension and anxiety for those suspected of infection and their relations," Abiodun said.

The Governor also disclosed that he had observed self isolation upon returning to Nigeria after attending the March 10 party in United Kingdom,  adding that he also took a step further by submitting himself to the COVID - 19 test ritual  and fortunately came out with  negative result.

He also postponed total lockdown of  borders and all public and private activities till April 3 to enable residents of Ogun State  prepare adequately and stockpile their homes with basic necessities.

The lockdown was initially billed to commence on Sunday Midnight but shifted to Monday 11pm following President Muhammadu Buhari's directive but shifted further to Friday, April 3, after consulting with the same President for consideration and subsequent permission from same.

He revealed that the state has built over 300 beds Isolation Centres located in three places - Ikenne (128 beds), Infectious Disease Centre, Iberekodo(100 beds) and Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu (21 beds) to handle emergency situation in the unlikely event that a surge in COVID - 19 infection occurs in Ogun State or spill over from Lagos .

By the latest lockdown arrangement, interstate and international borders began on Monday by 11pm while restriction of intra - state movement commences on Friday, April 3. 

He also appealed to retired health officers to come forward and lend helping hands in fighting the virus while also urging well meaning individuals and corporate organisations to assist the state combat the virus which he said has demystified authorities.

He assured that measures would be put in place to cushion the effects of lockdown on Ogun people.

"To cushion the effect of the lockdown on our citizens, when finally ordered, food items and other palliatives will be provided in the next few days.

" The government is working out the modalities and engaging relevant stakeholders to particularly identify the poor and vulnerable groups and to ensure that the palliative and relief items reach the intended beneficiaries at the grassroots level," he said.

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