Category: Health

Osun receives Covid-19 Vaccine

The Osun State Government said it has received doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Federal Government.

The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, disclosed this on Tuesday, following the receipt of the vaccines by a State government delegation at the Akure Airport.

Egbemode said the state government received the vaccines at about 7:11pm on Tuesday, adding that the government is prepared to both preserve and administer the vaccines, having trained about 300 health workers for the Vaccination exercise and installed storage facilities (cold chain) across the 332 wards in the State.

She assured residents of the State that the government would soon commence the vaccination in line with the scheduled guidelines laid down by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

She also advised citizens to shun the misinformation making the rounds about the vaccines, adding that the vaccines have been scientifically tested and certified fit for human use by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Egbemode added that in spite of the administration of the vaccines, citizens should continue to observe all Covid-19 protocols laid down by the government.

The Medical Team that received the doses of vaccine on behalf of Osun government include: Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu; Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Siji Olamiju; and the Chairman, Osun Primary Health Care Development Board, Mr. Leke Ogunsola.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Not for Birth Control – Osun Health Commissioner

The Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, has insisted that the COVID-19 vaccines that is being distributed by the Federal Government is not a birth control measure by the government.

This followed rumours making the rounds that the government was planning to use the COVID-19 vaccine as a

a ploy to make Nigerians sterile in order to control the population.

Isamotu also maintained that notwithstanding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines in the state, testing and isolation of infected persons will be intensified in Osun as the non-pharmaceutical safety measures remain the most proven strategy in reducing community transmission.

Isamotu, while featuring on Frank Talk on Rave FM, on Monday, called on citizens of Osun not to allow the rumours provoke fear in them, adding that the vaccines have no side effects that can adversely affect the human body.

He revealed that although no particular date has been set for the commencement of vaccination in Osun, the national distribution of the vaccines commences on Monday, and that the training of health workers will precede the administration of the vaccines in the state.

The Commissioner disclosed that the vaccines will be administered in two jabs, the second coming after about three months interval from the first.

Also cementing on the management of the vaccination in the State, the Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Oluwole Fabiyi, said Osun was prepared to receive the vaccines, as cold chains for storing them have been established in the state

He revealed that Osun has 332 solar freezers, which means each Ward has a storage facility.

Fabiyi added that since about 40,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be coming to the state, the vaccination will be done in four phases.

“The first phase will be for frontline and health workers. The second phase will be for the elderly and those that are morbidly ill and the last phase for those that are 15 years and above.

“For now, research has not shown that it can be administered on children. So, it is for people who are 15 years and above”, Fabiyi stated.

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COVID-19: NSE donates solar-powered handwashing machines to Osun

The State Government of Osun has charged its citizens to leverage on the demands for innovations that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about in the country and in the world.

The Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi, who is the Head of the State’s Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed this while receiving the donation of solar-powered handwashing machines from the Osun State branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

Alabi said that the State of Osun is one that runs on innovations across different sectors, and is therefore open to receiving more innovative ideas and Interventions from individuals, groups and associations, within and outside the State.

In his words: “We appreciate the Nigerian Society of Engineers for this noble idea presented to the State. The Governor and the people of our dear State are impressed by the idea behind this donation.

“COVID-19 has presented us with the opportunities to be innovative. It is now left for us  to utilize the opportunities the virus has presented, for the advancement of the society.

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Oyetola reiterates commitment to improved health care for citizens

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the heatlh and general well-being of people of the State. 

This is just as the Governor disclosed that Osun was yet to receive any financial support  from any quarter for the management of Covid-19. 

Oyetola, who spoke on Tuesday while receiving donation of some personal protective tools from Fidelity Bank in his office at the Government Secretariat, Abeere Osogbo, said the State still retains its status as one of the top three states in Nigeria with the best facilities to combat the pandemic. 

The Governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr. Siji Olamiju, maintained that the State government had been proactive enough to foresee such a global health emergency as Covid-19 by deploying resources to equip the primary and secondary health care facilities in the State. 

The Governor said: “Osun is one of the first five states, number 3 to be specific, ranked to have the best preparation to tackle COVID-19. We have 350 isolation beds spread across different locations in the State. 

“From inception of our administration. We have embarked on rehabilitation, renovation and revitalization of over 300 Primary Healthcare Centers, one per ward, across the state with 256 already completed. We regularly purchase drugs for these PHCs and equip them with medical and para-medical personnel and necessary equipment. 

“Our administration engages in periodic free medical operation for citizens and has also committed resources for health insurance. We have also approved consolidated salary scale for our doctors and nurses. All these including rehabilitation of three general hospitals across the three senatorial zones, fully equipped long before Covid-19 pandemic broke out, show we have foresight.

“Efforts of the administration at revamping the health sector has assisted in increasing enrollment index capacity of our nursing school from 30 to 75 students.”

Speaking on the donation by the management of Fidelity Bank, Olamiji said “we can’t thank Fidelity Bank enough for this gesture. We value the donation and appreciate the support.”

Earlier in his remark, the Regional Head Southwest 2 of Fidelity Bank, Mr Wale Mesioye, commended the Governor for his proactive approach at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the State, adding that none of the bank’s staff had tested positive to Covid-19 across all its branches in the State owing to the laudable efforts of the government. 

He added that the bank had witnessed tremendous improvement in the level of patronage since Oyetola became the Governor, a development he maintained was a result of the people-oriented programmes and policies of the current administration in the State.  Also present at the occasion were the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Mr. Tajudeen Lawal and the Incident Manager, Covid-19, Osun and Acting Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University Technology Teaching Hospital, Prof Peter Olaitan among others.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun records 19 new cases, discharges 10

A total of 19 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the State of Osun while 10 patients were on Monday discharged from the State’s Treatment and Isolation Centre, following their recovery. 

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, made this known in a statement released on Monday afternoon. 

Dr. Isamotu dislcosed that the fresh cases are contacts of previously confirmed cases. He also admonished residents of the State not to ignore the observance of all precautionary measures laid down by the State government. 

The Commissioner revealed that with the latest  detected cases, number of cases in the State had risen to 358 out of which 184 are active cases.  According to him, the State has successfully treated and discharged 166 patients, while eight deaths have so far been recorded in the State.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun records 4 new cases, discharges 11

The Government of the State of Osun on Sunday announced the discovery of 4 new Covid-19 cases in the State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who disclosed this in a statement also confirmed the discharge of 11 patients from the State’s Treatment and Isolation Centre.

Dr. Isamotu while appealing to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus, noted that the cases were contacts of previous cases in the State. 

He also added that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State, as at July 19 stand at 339 with 175 active cases.  According to him, the State has successfully treated and discharged 156 patients, while eight deaths have so far been recorded in the State.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun records 17 new cases, discharges 7

The Government of the State of Osun on Thursday announced the discovery of 17 new Covid-19 cases.

This was disclosed by the State’s  Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, in a statement.

He also confirmed the discharge of seven patients from the State’s  Treatment and Isolation Centre.

Dr. Isamotu while appealing to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus, noted that the new cases were contacts from the previous ones in the State. 

He also added that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State, as at July 16,  is 335 with 182 active cases.  According to him, the State has successfully treated and discharged 145 patients, while eight deaths have so far been recorded in the State.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun records 37 new cases, discharges 4, records 1

The Government of the State of Osun on Wednesday announced the discovery of 37 new Covid-19 cases.

Similarly, the State confirmed the discharge of four patients from its Treatment and Isolation Centre and the death of one on Wednesday from an underlying ailment.

These were disclosed by the State’s  Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, in a statement.

Dr. Isamotu appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.

He also added that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State, as at July 15, is 318 with 172 active cases. 

According to him, the State has successfully treated and discharged 138 patients, while eight deaths have so far been recorded in the State. 

In a related development,  Prof Peter Olaitan, acting CMD LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, has been named the new incident manager of Covid-19 Technical committee. He takes over from the previous manager who has been given another assignment.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun discharges 13, records 18 new cases

The Government of the State of Osun has discharged 13 patients who have tested negative from its Treatment and Isolation Centre.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Rafiu Isamotu on Tuesday.

He also confirmed the discovery of 18 new cases in the State, saying they were contacts from previous cases.

The Commissioner appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus. He also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State, as at July 14, is 281 with 140 active cases, adding that the State has successfully treated and discharged 134 patients, while seven deaths have so far been recorded in the state.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun discharges 11, records 17 new cases

The Government of the State of Osun has discharged 11 patients who have tested negative from its Treatment and Isolation Centre.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Rafiu Isamotu on Monday.

This is even as he confirmed the discovery of 17 new cases in the State, saying they were contacts from previous cases.

The Commissioner appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus. He also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State, as at July 13, is 263 with 135 active cases, adding that the State has successfully treated and discharged 121 patients, while seven deaths have so far been recorded.

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