Category: Health

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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COVID-19 Update: Osun SSG, 21 others test negative

COVID-19 Update: Osun   SSG, 21 others test negative

…records 23 new cases

The Government of Osun on Saturday confirmed that its Secretary to State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, has tested negative for Covid-19. 

Similarly, 21 other patients have also tested negative and have all been discharged.

The State however announced the discovery of 23 additional cases in the State, saying they were contacts from previous cases in the State.

The State’s Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, made the announcements in a statement on Saturday morning in Osogbo.

It will be recalled that the SSG had about 10 days ago tested positive for the virus. But by Friday evening, the confirmatory test carried out after days of care and treatment returned negative, Dr. Isamotu further revealed. 

He disclosed that some of the staff of the SSG who had previously tested positive were among those who tested negative.

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 has risen to 233 with 116 active cases, adding that the State has successfully treated and discharged 110 patients, while seven deaths have so far been recorded.

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Lockdown: We’re not satisfied with compliance level – Enforcement Committee

Lockdown: We’re not satisfied with compliance level – Enforcement Committee

…. Warns migrants against lockdown, NCDC protocols violation

The Ijesaland lockdown Enforcement Committee on Friday, expressed dissatisfaction with  the  compliance level of the exercise so far.  

This is just as it warned people from other parts of the country living in Ijesaland against flouting  government’s directives designed to prevent community transmission of Coronavirus in the State.

It condemned in its entirety the high level of disobedience displayed by some artisanal miners resident in some parts of Ijesaland since the beginning of the lockdown in the areas, insisting that the migrants in Ifewara and its environs in Atakunmosa West Local Government had turned deaf ears to lockdown order imposed on the area.

Government of the State of Osun had last weekend announced a 7-day total lockdown in  four local governments in Ijesa axis of the State as part of efforts to curb community transmission of  the Coronavirus pandemic.

The enforcement team, which toured Iwara-Ijesa, Iwikun-Ijesa and Ifewara-Ijesa all in Atakunmosa-West local government area, arrested some violators who were later sensitised on the health implications of COVID-19 and the likely effect of their insolence.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mrs. Abiodun Ige, who led the enforcement team, decried the way and manner the migrants residing in the areas flouted government’s directives.

She lamented what she described as gross disobedience of government’s directives, saying the suspected migrants were carrying on as if there was no lockdown in Ifewara and its environs.

Ige who expressed fear  of the implications  of the conduct of the migrants in the town noted that if urgent action was not taken, such an act might jeopardise the fundamental reason the lockdown was imposed.

She warned the defaulters to desist from taking government’s directives for granted, saying there won’t be any preferential treatment  in the enforcement of rules.

“It is unfortunate that despite the lockdown, some  people from other parts of the country still flagrantly opened their markets and engaged in open buying and selling activities.

“As you can see, we met them here in the market selling and buying as if there was no lockdown. Many of them didn’t observe safety protocols. They didn’t wear nose masks and they didn’t maintain social distancing as directed by the government”, she added.

Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon. Mumini Adekunle Rafiu, lamented the poor compliance level experienced in some parts of the areas. He said government would not rest on its oars in ensuring strict compliance to lockdown order as efforts would be jerked up to strengthen security in the affected areas.

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