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ABEOKUTA - Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has disclosed that his administration has spent billions of naira to fight the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Governor Abiodun stated that the billions of naira were used to set up isolation centers, procuring equipment, sensitization, manpower development, surveillance and other logistics especially the purchase food items that were distributed across the state to cushion the effects of lockdown on its citizen.
This was made known in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin and made available to newsmen on Wednesday.
Abiodun explained that, the molecular laboratories and other equipment used to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state were achieved through self help.
The Governor noted that, the State will soon begin the first batch of distributing millions of face masks to residents of the state.
The Governor called on the Federal Government to assist his administration , saying he can achieve more.
Abiodun advised the Federal Government Task Force on Covid-19 to pay more attention to Ogun State in fighting the spread of the pandemic across the country.
He however appreciated donors towards the challenge of Covid-19 in the state.
Earlier, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) commended Governor Abiodun and the Covid-19 team in the state for measures put in place to fight spread of the pandemic.
Both organisations expressed satisfaction for the equality of faculties in the state.
The Director General, NCDC, Dr. Chike Ihekweazu, after inspecting the first state fully funded molecular laboratory at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu and the 128-bed COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre at Ikenne lauded the leadership of the State in giving directions to other states on how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The NCDC boss said that the Centre belives the State deserves to benefit from some of the most stringent support that the Centre could offer.
“I think what I have seen in Ogun today and over the past few weeks in my engagement with the Commissioner (Dr. Tomi Coker) is a willingness to go the extra mile. For us, the job is half done, so on behalf of the National Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation, we are committed to supporting you. You have been on this journey longer than any other state in the country, so you deserve some of the most stringent support that we have.
“We are a social people, a social country. We love interactions, being close to each other, hugging each other, celebrating each other, our weddings, our social events, football…all these are things that define who we are and giving up on all of that for longer periods of time will come with some pain. That is really where your leadership skills will be so needed. Yourself and other leaders in the State, should do more to communicate with the people in a way that they would take ownership and responsibility for the changes in the lifestyle they will have to adopt,” he said.
Also, the Country Director, World Health Organisation, Dr. Fiona Braka lauded the state government for having the capacity that could take in more patients.
“We are so much impressed and would like to congratulate Your Excellency and your team that has been working very hard. We could not join you for the launching of those isolation facilities…thank you for the invitation. But we are here to see what you have done. We leave with a positive note that there is capacity in Ogun State to take more patients, so congratulations, Ogun State,” she said.