Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has kicked off a rapid testing initiative for Coronavirus in the State.
Governor Makinde, who declared open the COVID-19 Drive-Through/Walk-Through Testing, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, noted that the initiative is expected to test 2,000 samples within two weeks, at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
He said the rapid testing initiative aligned to his administration’s commitment to test at least 10,000 residents within a short time, adding that the outcome of the exercise would help contain the spread of the virus.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Governor explained that the State was scaling up testing in alignment with expert opinions that the best way to contain and control the spread of the novel Coronavirus is by ensuring mass testing.
Governor Makinde appreciated the Citizen for Citizen, a Non-Governmental Organisation headed by the chairman of First Bank Nigeria, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, for providing the 2,000 testing kits and the LifeBank Nigeria, for partnering with the State on rapid testing for COVID-19.
Speaking on behalf of the NGO, Mrs. Temidayo Olatunbosun, said the guidelines of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) would be strictly followed in conducting the COVID-19 tests in Oyo State.
She also urged residents of the State who have the Coronavirus symptoms to call the Emergency Operation Centre for necessary action.
In his speech, Governor Makinde said: “Indeed, with social distancing through lockdowns proving to be the most effective way of checking community spread, and the fact that people can have COVID-19 and be asymptomatic, large-scale testing will help us determine where and when targeted lockdowns are necessary.”
The Governor maintained that his administration had begun to put necessary things in place to ensure its capability to prevent, contain and control the spread of COVID-19 even before the index case was recorded in the State.