COVID-19, Ogun State Government Has Spent Billions of Naira in Fighting Against Coronavirus - Focus News

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COVID-19, Ogun State Government Has Spent Billions of Naira in Fighting Against Coronavirus



Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun said, his administration has spent billions of Naira to tackle the spread of Coronavirus throughout the state. 


This statement was disclosed through his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin on Wednesday when the governor was receiving the visitation of  the Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chike Ihekweazu, in his Iperu hometown on Tuesday.


According to  Daily Post report, billions of Naira has been spent in fighting against the deadly coronavirus. This fund has been spent to setting-up isolation centres throughout the states, procuring equipments, surveillance, sensitization, manpower development and logistics and purchasing of food items distributed to the people of the state.  Although he did not go in detail on how much he spent. 


The report conffimed that Ogun State has 20 cases so far of which 6 victims have been discharged. 


The governor disclosed that, the equipments procured in fighting against COVID-19 and setting-up molecular laboratories were all sponsored through self-help.  Therefore,  he pleaded to the federal government and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to quickly assist him financially to enable fast tracking his efforts in the state in fighting against the deadly coronavirus. 


Abiodun stressed that the state will soon begin the first batch of distributing millions of face masks to residents of the state, to stop community transmission of Coronavirus.


He informed that the state has procured equipment for drive-through testing in the local communities to ensure no stone is left unturned to curb the spread of the disease.


On the restriction order, Governor Abiodun said the lockdown has not been total in Ogun State, maintaining that this is so because of the peculiar situation of the state with, which he said is with the weaker capacity of citizens’ disposable income.


He said many of the residents are largely living on daily income, unlike those in Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory.


“We have had to manage the delicate balance between the people’s welfare and public safety. So far, we are on top to ensure community transmission is put under control,” he said.


Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) commended Abiodun and the COVID-19 team in the state for measures put in place to fight the spread of the pandemic.


The Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Chike Ihekweazu, after inspecting the first state fully funded molecular laboratory at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu and the 128-bed COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre at Ikenne lauded the leadership of the State in giving directions to other states on how to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.


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