From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government says it has scaled up its preparedness to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic by opening an Oxygen Therapy Center.
The Centre, the state notes is to avoid a situation of scarcity of the life-saving consumable.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who made this known in Abeokuta, on Monday, explained that the Center which is situated within the Infectious Disease Hospital, Iberekodo, Abeokuta, consists of 20 beds of high dependency capacity.
Coker added 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 ‘highly infectious”.
“The Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital ( OOUTH) 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 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 more concern as a state but we are prepared. We have OOUTH, Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Ikenne Isolation Centers all available.
“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’. The Commissioner said.
Coker further pointed that Ogun has tested over 50,000 residents which is the 1 per cent of its population as stipulated by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
“Ogun is one of the leading states in the number of tests carried out. We’ve actually hit one percent 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 5.8 million. We are now heading to 2 per cent. Out of the over 50,000 tested, we have about 2,500 positive,” she added
Coker, therefore, stressed that if the non-pharmaceutical guidelines are adhered to, there will be no overwhelming situation in containing the pandemic.
“We are responding appropriately to contain and curtail this second wave but success of our response has to be a collaborative between the government and the individuals,” Coker submitted.