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Coronavirus: Ogun Set Up Emergency Operation Unit Across 20 LGs


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Government has activated an Emergency Operation Committee (EOC) to manage any development that may arise from the reported case of Coronavirus.

The Committee, which is headed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, comprises staffers of the State Ministry of Health, Hospital Management Board, Representatives of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and representatives of Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta.

The EOC consists of seven sub- committee, including Risk Communication and Mobilisation, Surveillance, Case Management,  Infection Prevention Control ( IPC),  Central Coordination/Planning and  Logistics/ Finance respectively.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Dr. Coker said that the multidisciplinary committee will meet daily and update the general public about any development.

She said that an Emergency Operation Center had been opened at Block C within the State Secretariat to attend to issues relating to the outbreak.

Reassuring residents on efforts made so far on containing the outbreak of Convid-19, the Commissioner said that the Prince Dapo Abiodun led government had put everything in place ahead of time to arrest the situation.

Coker called on the public not to panic and ignore any panic message, saying that every individual should maintain personal hygiene and avoid contact with whoever has a fever by five feet.

"We are on top of the situation. There is no cause for alarm. Our health educators are busy with advocacy efforts on the field. We are sensitizing our health officers too on preventive measures to adopt. We have all the required interventions to contain the situation. Members of the public should remain calm," Commissioner said.

She said that any suspected case should be reported to the already activated emergency units across the 20 local government areas of the state, adding that the State Epidemiologists can also be reached on 08188978393 or 08188978392.

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