The Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has said aside from using his isolation period to fight the health challenge occasioned by his testing positive to Coronavirus, he also used the period to reflect on his plans and programmes for the people of the State.
The Governor who said the State is now ready to fight the Coronavirus pandemic also assured the people of the State that indeed God answered all the prayers offered on his behalf while combating the virus.
Governor Makinde spoke on Monday, April 6, 2020, after an inspection tour of the State Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, Ibadan to assess the level of work done, especially while observing the 14days isolation period as required.
Reports say the facility which will also serve as isolation and treatment centre for all Infectious diseases has 100-bed space and is said to be ready to receive patient as soon as the need arises.
Engr Makinde, who was received at the Centre by the Acting Chairman of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Temitope Alonge, was also accompanied at the press briefing by the members of the Task Force, Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, representative of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF among others.
He described as ‘jobless’ those who condemned his choice of Prof Alonge to head the Task Force Team in his absence, saying the experience and expertise of the former Chief Medical Director (CMD), University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, is a big boost to the work of the Task Force in sustaining the fight against the virus in the State.
The State Governor appealed to the people of the State to give more support to his Government and the task force, especially by observing rules of hygiene and others stipulated by the Task Force.
He also assured the people that the Task Force will give a daily briefing of how the fight against the pandemic is being fought as a way of reassuring the people of Government’s effort.
“So, let us all keep observing our social distancing, hygenic conditions and wash our hands with soap and water. They told me that even the virus is timid, that when you wash your hands with soap and water, it can destroy the virus. So, let us continue to observe all these hygienic practices,” he said.