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Labour-Civil Society Situation Room decries shortage of health workers at centre

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Urges Oyo govt to pay special allowances of front-line workers
• OYSCDA completes 788 projects in 158 rural communities

The Oyo State Chapter of the Labour-Civil Society Situation Room has decried shortage of health workers in the state and particularly at Jericho Chest Hospital, Ibadan.

Oyo State Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Dr. Adeyemi Samuel Oladele, who spoke on behalf of the Situation Room of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Civil Society group, stated this after a visit to the hospital.

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He said: “We observed that the fence at Agbami Isolation Centre, Jericho, is too close and narrow for adequate airflow. Of course, considering the fact that the centre where TB patients come to take drugs every morning is strategically situated, for such, airflow has been compromised and as a result, putting the health workers at risk of being infected, considering the fact that the COVID-19 centre is too proximal to the TB centre where patients with already immunoimpressive status are being hospitalised and treated.

“Two, as a result of obvious shortage of members of staff in the two centres, more workers should be employed. We are not talking about ad-hoc members of staff but permanent ones like doctors, nurses and health attendants that will work assiduously.

“Also, Agbami Isolation Centre was the first centre where COVID-19 patients were treated in Oyo State and the same set of workers used then are still on board. But unfortunately, they are yet to be paid the special allowances paid to the other health workers (frontliners) at Olodo Centre. So, we want to appeal to the governor to magnanimously pay them, as this will encourage them to serve humanity better.

“Furthermore, as observed in the health industry nationwide and in Oyo State, there is acute shortage there, as out of the 16 nurses working in the hospital, five of them have been redeployed to the isolation centre.

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Meanwhile, as part of its efforts towards increasing the standard of living of the people in rural areas, Oyo State government has completed 788 projects in 158 communities.

The Board Chairman, Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (OYCSDA), Dr. Idowu Oyeleke, disclosed this during a tour to some of the projects at Ibadan, Oyo, Ogbomoso and Oke-Ogun areas of the state.

The projects, according to him include rural electrification, water provision, healthcare services, education, environment and social economic empowerment.

noting that the intervention of the present administration in the state has achieved reduction in maternal death rate and water borne diseases while many communities in darkness have been connected to the national grid.

He, however, charged benefiting communities and concerned groups to ensure they maintain and sustain all projects in their domains.

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