By Henry Odeh
The Oyo state government has responded to the confirmed news of Coronavirus outbreak in Lagos, Nigeria by calling for calmness among residents in the state.
The Oyo Honorable Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, while addressing newsmen at the Ministry of Health conference room on Friday at the state secretariat, Ibadan, expressed concerns over the new development with regards to the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria.
Dr Bello state that the ministry as an organ of a responsive government is committed towards ensuring a disease free Oyo state for all residents adding that the state government has already placed its facilities on high alert with the deployment of adequate resources to all facilities in case of an unforseen circumstance.
The Commissioner however assured the people of Oyo state that there is no outbreak of Coronavirus in the state, appealing to all residents to remain calm and ensure strict adherence to necessary hygienic practices such as regular hand Washing with soap and water.
Oyo state government also charged private health facilities in the state to conform with expected universal precaution when attending to all clients adding that there should be need to have a high index of suspicion especially with cases of unexplainable fever and upper respiratory infections.
The commissioner assured that other state health facilities are available and accessible to members of the public for the provision of care with ongoing efforts to upgrade service in all nooks and crannies of the state noting that the provision of qualitative healthcare service is not the sole responsibility of government but all members of the society.
The state government has however set up a high powered joint team of medical experts with the Nigerian Army to combat the disease in case of an unforseen circumstance.
The joint medical team is headed by Professor Osungbade of Nigerian Centre For Disease Control from, University Teaching Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, and cochaired by The General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Anthony Bamidele.