Owners of private health facilities in Oyo State have been warned against managing COVID-19 cases in their facilities, as this has been linked with the rising cases of the infection in the State.
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the State’s COVID-19 Technical Task Force, gave this warning on Saturday, January 9, 2021; noting that there are 30 approved Testing Centres including the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, for the purpose of testing samples.
It added that those suspected to have symptoms of coronavirus infection should be referred to these centres for testing; emphasising that testing for symptomatic or suspected cases is free.
According to a statement by Governor Seyi Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chairman of the State’s COVID-19 Technical Task Force, Professor Temitope Alonge, gave this warning in a memo addressed to Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Managers of private health facilities in the State.
Prof. Alonge appealed to the health workers to comply strictly with the advisory, reiterating that the State Government could not afford any depletion in the healthcare workforce due to ill health arising from coronavirus infection.
The Task Force also indicated that: “There are five testing centres in Ibadan, namely; Alakia PHC (Lagelu LGA); Health is Wealth (Ibadan North LGA); General Hospital, Apata (Ibadan South West LGA); Ologuneru PHC (Ido LGA); and the University College Hospital, Ibadan.