Prince Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State

Why Ogun shifted Coronavirus lockdown till April 3

Web Editor | ConsumerConnect

The Ogun State Government has explained the rationale behind its shifting the COVID-19 lockdown directive earlier announced midnight Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3, 2020.

It was learnt that Prince Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, while addressing the people of the state, shortly after inspecting a 128-bed isolation facility located within the premises of HID Awolowo Model School, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State, disclosed that he approached the President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to extend the lockdown directive in the state by few days, so as to enable the residents to prepare adequately for the 14-day stay-at-home.

Recall that President Buhari, Sunday, March 29 evening in his nationwide address, had directed that Ogun, Lagos States and Abuj, be locked down as part of measures to control the spread of the Coronavirus disease in the country.

Prince Abiodun said: We have approached the President that he should graciously allow us in the state to prepare for this lockdown in terms of ensuring that we have enough food banks across the three senatorial districts, so that when eventually there is a lockdown, our people would have enough food supply during the lockdown and he graciously accepted.

The Governor stated that Ogun State has over 300 beds for isolation and treatment of COVID-19 pandemic.

He added that the state had ordered the procurement of 20 ventilators for use at the isolation centres.

In our search for suitable facilities that we can quickly deploy as COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centers, we assessed and evaluated several options across the state, including the intended 250-bed hospital under construction in Abeokuta that only has 40 beds delivered; existing hospitals and other public buildings.

The Assessment Team concluded that the following facilities could be immediately deployed in the short term.

These are the purpose-built 21-bed isolation and treatment centre at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu; 100-bed capacity General Hospital Iberekodo, Abeokuta, and this Isolation and Treatment Centre in Ikenne with a 128-bed capacity.

The Ikenne facility though not within a hospital will benefit from the technical, logistics and manpower support from two tertiary health facilities OOUTH, Sagamu and Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan-Remo which are both less than 10-minute drive away, Abiodun added.

The governor said efforts are on to ensure the completion of the 250-bed hospital, an initiative of his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, for the use of the people.

He noted: In the medium to long term plan of the state, we are in discussions with the contractor of the 250-bed hospital, to determine the possibility of the facility becoming available in the shortest possible time.

According to him, available also are a 30-bed facility donated by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and a 40-bed facility donated by Mr. Fola Adeola for isolation of suspected cases till they are confirmed.

In total, we have over 300 beds for isolation and treatment.

He appreciated the effort of individuals, corporate organisations, religious bodies who have contributed towards the fight against the disease.

The governor also directed that public servants should henceforth work from home, except those on essential services, while all markets, motor parks, public squares and high contact areas would be fumigated and disinfected during the coming lockdown.

Kindly Share This Story