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We'll Refund Your Expenses On COVID -19, FG Assures Ogun Govt



ABEOKUTA - The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 has assured Ogun government  that the Federal Government would adequately refund the state for its expenses on the Coronavirus outbreak.

This was made known when the PTF delegations on COVID-19 paid a courtesy call on Gov. Dapo Abiodun after visiting the State Ministry of Health in Abeokuta to interface with the state on how its strides can be replicated in other states.

The PTF led by Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib,described the efforts of the state government  towards curtailing the coronavirus pandemic as exemplary.

Shuaib explained that Ogun remained an example when it comes to doing things right on COVID-19.

 The Task Force also recommended that other states should learn about the coping and flattening strategies adopted by Ogun  when it had the unfortunate situation of recording the index case of the pandemic in February.

Shuaib acknowledged the innovative deployment of technology by the state to fight the pandemic, saying that the use of existing structure in the state  to fight coronavirus pictured the gospel the PTF had been preaching to various states in the country. 

He also noted that the present administration in the state  had effectively put the three levels of healthcare to use with the recent renovation of 20 Primary Health Centre (PHCs) in each of its local government areas.

According to the PTF , the history of COVID-19 in Nigeria is not complete without the significant role of Ogun State. We will ensure that funds that are supposed to come here are made available in order to further strengthen your structure.

“The Presidential Taskforce is visiting Ogun state not because there is a crisis in the management of COVID -19, not because we see any evidence of gaps in the outbreak response, but instead to commend the effort of Ogun State for the way they have managed the outbreak response. 

“The PTF is happy with response of Ogun state to the outbreak and the FG will be supporting Ogun state with funding because Ogun state took on the burden of the outbreak from when it started in February.

 “We noticed some of the steps that Ogun state took and the cost of those steps.

“We have seen a very good coordination of your response to COVID-19. We are glad that Ogun state  has created different context on the management of the outbreak,” he said. 

He assured the state that “within the shortest possible time, funds that are supposed to come to Ogun state from the Basic Health Care Provision Fund are made available to help you achieve your dreams of achieving primary health care to your people.

Responding, Gov. Abiodun reiterated that the present administration had effective healthcare delivery on its front burner, disclosing that Ogun was the first in the country to commit to life insurance for its health workers across board.

The governor said that his administration was able to come up with well-structured isolation centers with about 400 bed spaces spread across the state.

He  added that his administration was also planning to make some of its recently renovated Primary Health Care centers first responders to manage cases related to the pandemic.

Abiodun who also noted that all what the state had been able to achieve in terms of having on ground a well-structured Isolation and treatment centers was done through self-help.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker who gave a breakdown of the State’s efforts so far on COVID-19 , said that the oldest Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the country, which is domiciled in Ogun, has come up with “See and Treat” approach to give room for immediate treatment of suspected case before the release of result from the laboratory.

Coker maintained that the items in the five isolations centers across the state would after the pandemic be distributed to its primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities to boost the health system.

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