The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 has assured that the Federal Government will adequately refund Ogun State for the expenses incurred during the coronavirus pandemic, just as it described the State Government’s efforts towards curtailing the virus, as exemplary.
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Faisal Shuaib who made this known when he led a delegation from the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to the Office of the Governor at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying the Presidential Taskforce was in the State to interface on strategies adopted in combating the virus and how it could be replicated in other states.
“The Presidential Taskforce is visiting Ogun state not because there is a crisis in the management of Covid-19, nor any evidence of gaps in the outbreak response, but to commend the effort of State for the way they have managed the outbreak. Ogun State is a good example of doing the right thing when it comes to Covid-19.
“We have seen a very good coordination of your response to Covid-19. We are glad that Ogun State has created different context on the management of the outbreak. It is commendable that you have domesticated your strategies in line with the peculiarities of various communities and you have ensured that your frontline health workers are taken care of”, he said.
He revealed that the Federal Government would support the State with the Basic Health Care Provision Fund and ensure that funds were made available in order to further strengthen the health sector, applauding the efforts at infusing motivation, dedication and commitment to its frontline workers, as the history of Covid-19 in Nigeria would not be complete without the significant role of Ogun State.
The PTF Team Lead, who also noted the declining rate of infant mortality in the State, said Ogun was one of the states with lowest rate in the country, expressing delight that routine immunization and other services in the Primary Health Centres were not put on hold, despite the lockdown.
He added that insurance policy provided for health workers in the State was exemplary, as well as approving fund for the Integrated Medical Outreach Program, which he said, focuses on closing the gap of primary health care delivery in the country, especially among the vulnerable and the poor, calling on other States of the Federation to replicate such laudable gesture.
In his response, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abidoun, said his administration was able to come up with well-structured isolation centers with about four hundred bed spaces spread across the State, saying plans were underway to make some of its recently renovated Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs), as first respondents in Covid-19 related cases.
Prince Abiodun noted that the State had been able to achieve a well-structured isolation and treatment centers, through self-help, adding that insurance policy to all its health workers had been approved.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker has given a breakdown of the State’s efforts on Covid-19, saying the oldest Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the country, domiciled in Ogun, has come up with a “See and Treat” approach, to achieve immediate treatment of suspected cases before results were released from the laboratory.
Coker maintained that the equipment in the five isolations centers across the State would after the pandemic, be distributed to primary, secondary, tertiary, health facilities across the State, as well as the Intensive Care Unit in Abeokuta, to boost the health system.