*** Commissions Isolation Centre In Ondo
Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Saturday commissioned an Isolation Centre built by the Ondo State COVID-19 Response Fund, with technical assistance of the Interministerial Committee on COVID-19.
He also assured health workers in the state of his commitment to the payment of Special COVID-19 allowance even though the pandemic has significantly and adversely affected the State finances.
At the inauguration ceremony of the Ultra Modern Isolation Centre situated at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Annex, Ondo, Akeredolu maintained that the action is in furtherance of his determination to fill existing gap in terms of high-level care for patients with underlying conditions that are most susceptible to complications and death from COVID-19.
According to him, the Centre will not only be useful to people with COVID-19 infections but also to Lassa fever victims and those that may be infected with other types of highly infectious diseases in the future.
He stressed that the government would continue with massive multi-media efforts to educate the people and provide relieve packages of foods and household materials to economically and socially disadvantaged segments of the population across the 18 local government areas.
He however commended health workers and other professionals who have been at the forefront of the fight against the disease, adding that since the time of recording the first case of COVID-19 in the State in April 2020, the government has gallantly risen to the occasion with several initiatives to fight the pandemic.
In a remark, the acting Commissioner for Health and Special Adviser to Mr. Governor on Health, Hon. Jibayo Adeyeye said the present administration’s interest in the sector has led to many of its outstanding achievements in the sector.
He appealed to the people to give needed support to the Governor, to enable him carry out more life benefitting projects in the State.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Interministerial Committee on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Vice Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Dr. Adesegun Fatusi, acknowledged the government for the support given to the Committee in its effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Ondo State.
He revealed that the Interministerial Committee has been able to flatten COVID-19 curve, using a 7-pillar strategic roadmap codenamed “Ondo Succeeds”, based on strong public health principles and global best practices.