Ogun State government has called on companies with large workforce to collaborate with government in setting up isolation centers, for the management of mild Covid-19 cases.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who made this call while inspecting a 12-bedded Isolation Center at Flour Mills Nigeria Limited Factory, in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the State, said the fight against coronavirus was a collective one, appreciating the private sector for displaying a high sense of responsibility since the outbreak of the virus.
Coker said State Government was disposed to collaborating with companies which had financial muscles to build isolation centers within the premises of existing government-owned health facilities, saying this would help in building the State’s health system.
“Our preference is for private companies to build isolation centers in existing facilities. As we speak, we have two companies that are working on building a couple of isolation centres in our hospitals. This is our preferred option because it will ensure they have all the necessary supportive services and expertise to look after the patients. However, where this is not possible, a model such as this one in Flour Mills, is also acceptable”, she said.
The Commissioner appreciated Flour Mills’ management for the initiative, adding that while the facility handles only cases with mild symptoms, those with moderate and high symptoms would be transferred to the isolation center at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.
In his remark, the company’s Human Resources Manager, Mr. Wale Adediran, said the donation was part of the plans to support both Ogun State and the Federal Governments in the fight against Covid-19, appreciating both the State Government and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for providing the necessary advice in setting up the isolation center.