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Category: Health

▪︎▪︎▪︎ We are taking proactive actions to contain epidemic

OSOGBO– 24/06/2024–

The Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Public Health, Dr Adekunle Akindele has wondered on why the All Progressives Congress (APC) is hellbent on the spread of Cholera in the state given the reckless politicization of the disease, saying it is wrong for the main opposition to reduce the lives of citizens to its despicable politics.

Dr. Akindele noted that Cholera epidemic is a national health problem which requires the support of all to contain, describing the antics of the Osun APC as inhumane and a clear indication of its evil mindset against the people of the state.

“The pronounced expectations of the APC for the Cholera outbreak in Osun state is the worst kind of politics that anyone will ever expect. It goes to show how desperate the APC has become in its unreasonably quest for power in the state,” he noted.

Dr. Akindele enjoined the APC to take a cue from the PDP responsible and solidarity disposition at the height of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic under Gboyega Oyetola as Governor, cautioning that political considerations should never come above human lives in any situation as the APC is currently doing.

“While COVID-19 ravages the world, the PDP as an opposition in Osun at the time showed humanity and did not play the irresponsible politics that the APC is playing with the ongoing Cholera outbreak” Dr. Akindele recalled.

“That was the reasonable thing to do, because disease outbreak, whether COVID-19, Ebola or the current Cholera in Nigeria, doesn’t distinguish between PDP or the APC. More so, any outbreak will affect Osun people, who should be the priority of any political party of whatever name or color. Unfortunately, power appears to weigh more significance to the APC than the lives of Osun people who will be the eventual victims of a Cholera outbreak in the state, hence, the relentless wish for it to happen here.

“Even when empirical laboratory examination showed no confirmed case of Cholera in Osun state, the APC moves from one media houses to the other to instigate otherwise, pronouncing, although without any scientific basis, that the case is underreported in a clear anticipation for possible outbreak and spread of the epidemic in the state.

“It is important I note that the Government have no reason whatsoever to underreport the occurrence of a globally feared epidemic like Cholera or any disease for that matter. As against the desperation of the APC, I must include that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health based organisations are in Osun at the moment and monitoring developments, which will make it almost impossible to manipulate the record.”

Dr. Akindele maintained that the Osun State Government under Governor Ademola Adeleke has put in place proactive measures to contain the spread of Cholera in the state, vowing not to allow the evil intentions of the APC on the good people of the state to materialise.

“Whether APC or PDP or APGA or non-partisan, the Adeleke administration places much premium on the lives of every resident and this is why it is doing everything to protect them against Cholera as evident in series of proactive measures, which the APC may be finding so hard to welcome given its bad intentions,” Dr. Akindele added.

“Therefore, I urge the people of Osun to adhere strictly to preventive measures announced by the State Government through various media platforms and upon suspecting any symptoms, affected individuals should immediately contact the nearest health facility for medical examination and in the event of any positive diagnosis, such individuals are assured of adequate medical care.”

Dr. Adekunle Akindele,
The Special Adviser, Public Health, to the Osun State Governor

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The Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Health Matters, Dr. Adekunle Akindele has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state on the clever but condescending effort to misrepresent the state of the health sector in the state, saying that the APC lacks the temerity to downplay ongoing efforts by the Governor Ademola Adeleke administration to reposition health sector in the state for better effectiveness.

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The Executive Governor of Osun State, Governor Ademola Adeleke, has reiterated the commitment of his government that quality healthcare service is a cardinal agenda of his government.

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Osogbo, 27:10:23

I organise this event as a major landmark in our push for the making of a new Osun State. Our administration is using this gathering to prove to the world that a new Osun is possible. The main purpose is therefore to unveil a Multi-Billion Infrastructure plan to address the huge deficit the state is experiencing.

Sound infrastructure is a condition for economic growth and development. The difference between a growing economy and a dormant one has to do with how developed the state infrastructure is. In the case of Osun, I have used the last 11 months to address the over 90 percent infrastructure deficit our administration inherited. But more still needs to be done, hence the ambitious plan to launch this infra plan that covers roads, health, water , schools among others. 

Osun as the cradle of Yoruba nation must move quickly on the ladder of development. We can and must surpass those presently leading among comity of states. We should carry first in new age sectors like digital economy, sound infrastructures and others. We must overcome our inherited burden and chart a path of 21st century growth for our people.

By today’s event, our administration is building the confidence of the investing public. Osun state is ready and open for business. By investing so much in infrastructure upgrades, we are laying the foundation for effective public private partnership. We are getting set to key into infra financing opportunities as long as it will not add to the financial burden of the state.

Let me declare here that the infra plan I am about to unveil is purely state sponsored without any loan from financial institutions. I must also add that we are hitting the ground running immediately after this launch. We are complying with all procurement laws and due process. 

Very importantly, our administration is ensuring localisation in the implementation process. Local content in terms of sourcing of materials and workforce are key to transfer skills and economically empower our people. This is in line with the five point agenda of our administration which seeks to boost the local economy. High local content is married with a strong maintenance plan to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure.  

With the flagoff of today’s infrastructure development, we are poised to further boost the State Economy as 95% of the Projects shall be executed by local content.   Osun Money will be spent in Osun. We are determined to eliminate capital flight as witnessed in the past.

Before unveiling the infra plan, I invite you to watch what we have done in some critical sectors in the last 11 months. 

We could show you more but for time constraints. You saw the schools before and after. You saw the medical outreach and how several thousands benefitted. Of course, the roads were captured. You saw the boreholes and how they are serving our people.  After showing you a glimpse of what we have done within the infrastructure  sector in the last 11 months, it is my honour to unveil new projects and infrastructure for the state. 

1. Rehabilitation of 345 Health Centers in the 332 Wards in Osun State: Rehabilitation will include, Provision of Potable water, new toilets, and bathrooms, Beds, Mattresses,  Bedsheets, renovation and painting  of buildings, new curtains, and Solar panels/Inverters for 24 hours electricity etc. Our approach is to take medical services to the doorstep of our people wherever they may be.

2. Phase two of Portable Water Provision in 332 wards of Osun State. Which includes, Overhead Tanks, dispensing taps, generators, or solar panels. Under Phase One as you have seen, 332 water projects were completed. They are all functioning. Under the new plan, another set of underserved areas across the 332 political wards will be served with water projects.

3. Phase two of rehabilitation of 31 schools in the 30 mother local governments of Osun and Area Council. This includes portable water, new roofs, new toilets, renovation and painting of buildings, and Provision of desks and chairs. As you have seen in phase one of the school rehabilitation, our approach is to take a school and completely rehabilitate the buildings completely with  desks  and other learning facilities.

4. As a follow up to the completed rehabilitation of selected schools, the government has commenced the process of recruiting new teachers to address teachers’ shortage in our schools. Currently, a need assessment is ongoing to determine the teachers’ requirements across subjects and schools. This will help to determine the number of teachers to recruit.

5. Construction/ Rehabilitation of 45 roads of at least one kilometer in each of the 30 mother local governments, making a total of 45 Kilometers. As you saw in the preview, we have earlier completed about 45 kilometers of roads across the LGAS. These new roads are fresh projects for phase two.

6. Dualisation of Roads: In a bid to ease traffic jams and reduce road accidents, we are dualising some roads in some major towns to start with. The listed towns include  Osogbo, Ede and Ilesha.

7. Construction of five Flyovers to ease traffic accidents and traffic jams. The identified projects are as follows:

● Osogbo – two namely Okefia and Lameco junction 
● Ikirun- One
● Ife- one, Mayfair
● Owode Ede- One

8. Street Lightning: We are to install street lights in all major towns, especially Osogbo as the State Capital. This is important to enhance security surveillance and boost the night economy.

9. Imole Medical Outreach

Two medical  outreaches were conducted in two locations in each of the three Senatorial districts in the last ten months. Various surgical procedures, including cataract eye surgeries, were done during the outreaches.  The outreaches will be conducted  once per quarter in the years ahead

Ladies and Gentlemen and my good people of Osun, all these projects shall be completed within 12 months by the grace of God.

It is therefore my honour and privilege to  flag off the multi- Billion Naira Infrastructure Development of Osun. I implore the good people of the State to cooperate with the Contractors that will be handling these projects with the best of hospitality.

For further technical details on these infra plans, I will now call on team lead for each of the sectors to speak on costing and other requisite details 

● Senator Ademola Adeleke
Executive Governor of Osun State delivered  his speech at the unveiling of the multi billion naira Osun State Infrastructure plan.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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