Covid-19 : Ogun has tested 1% of its 5.8m population

 Covid-19 : Ogun has tested 1% of its 5.8m population

Michael Babatunde

For over one year since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Ogun State government said it has been able to test 1% of its population.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker disclosed that 50,000 residents representing one per cent of 5.8m population has been tested so far.

The Commissioner spoke on Monday during the inauguration of Oxygen Therapy Center in Abeokuta.

Coker raised alarm on the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state noting that the cases have risen from 0.7 to eight percent.

In her words, “Ogun is one of the leading states in the number of tests carried out. We’ve actually hit one person of our population which is the stipulated number prescribed by NCDC for all states.

“We have tested over 50,000 residents of Ogun State given that our population is about 5.8m. We are now heading to two per cent. Out of the over 50,000 tested, we have about 2500 positive.

“Our positivity rate prior to December was roving around 0.7 – 0.8 percent but since December, particularly January, our positivity rate has gone up by about 8 per cent which means that this second wave is real. Hence, we all have to pay attention and do all the necessary things needed to protect ourselves.

“We are responding appropriately to contain and curtail this second wave but success of our response has to be a collaborative one between the government and the individuals.”

The Oxygen Therapy Center located within the Infectious Disease Hospital, Iberekodo, Abeokuta according to Coker, consists of 20 beds of high dependency capacity .

She said the centre was established to avoid a situation of scarcity of the life saving consumable.

The Commissioner affirmed that the state and nation at large is in the deep of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic describing the infectivity rate of the new strain as being highly infectious.

Coker claimed that the state has scaled up its preparedness to contain the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic .

She said, “we are more concern as a state but we are prepared. We have OOUTH, Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Ikenne Isolation Centers all available.

“The Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Isolation center is at 90 per cent capacity right now which means that people have to take cognizance of being responsible for their own health.

“Our Oxygen Therapy Center in Iberekodo, Abeokuta will help to ensure that we do not run out of oxygen like some states are experiencing at the moment. We are responding appropriately to contain and curtail this second wave.

She advised that if the non-pharmaceutical guidelines are adhered to, there will be no overwhelming situation in containing the pandemic.

Ogun State so far recorded 2,103 Covid-19 cases with 1,994 recoveries and 31 deaths.

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