Coronavirus: Oyo Creates Two More Treatment Centres

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In its effort at beefing up safety measures around the State, the Oyo State Government, on Friday, says it has created two additional treatment centres for Coronavirus.

The new centres, according to the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, are located in Saki and Ibadan.

While the Jericho hospital, Ibadan would add to the centres in the capital city, the State Hospital in Saki would also serve as a quarantine and treatment center for suspected cases in the northern part of the State.

The development brings to six the facilities created to give medical attention, should there be any reported or suspected cases of the virus.

The treatment centres earlier created are located at Nigeria Army Barracks, 2 Div, Odogbo Barracks, Ojoo, Ibadan; the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan; Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road, Ibadan, and Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho.

The government also confirmed that there are no cases or suspected cases of the virus in the State.

According to the Commissioner, the State is also looking to increase the number of the treatment and quarantine centres by seeking collaboration with private hospitals with the required facilities to make quarantine and treatment easily accessible across the State.

Bello added that the State had also embarked on awareness campaigns through the media and locating of handwashing facilities in strategic places around the capital city, especially in public facilities including offices and schools, among others.

He further noted that the State is on high alert and has deployed adequate resources to its facilities in case of unforeseen circumstances.

The Commissioner enjoined private-based health facilities to also have a high index of suspicion for all cases of unexplainable fever and upper respiratory infections.

Speaking further, Bello implored residents of the State to prioritise hygienic practices of regular handwashing with soap and water and ensuring that anyone with fever is promptly taken for medical attention.

He also urged residents to reduce the frequency of face touching, regularly disinfect surfaces and keep social distance with anyone sneezing or coughing.