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Ogun State plans drive-through testing facilities to curb COVID-19

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The Ogun State government said that it had finalised arrangement for the deployment of drive-through testing facilities across the state.

The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this at the weekend during a press briefing on the activities of the state government to curb further spread of the pandemic.

He said that these were specific targets for vulnerable areas, such as border communities with other states to stem community transmission into the state.

Abiodun also assured the citizens of safety, stressing that there is no need for panic as the medical and other health professionals are on top of the situation.

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He explained how the state had been able to manage the pandemic effectively so far and how it surpassed the global average for tested cases and transmission.

“The global average is one positive case to three new infections. In our case, it is one positive case to one new infection. But, even with the relatively lower number of positive and active cases, we will leave no stone unturned to prevent further infection, spread and death from the dreaded virus.

“By the grace of God, we will record a zero number of cases soonest,” he said.

The governor also reminded of the just-installed fully-funded molecular laboratory in the country, saying that the laboratory at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, is awaiting the accreditation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for it to commence full operation.

He said: “A second molecular laboratory donated to the state will arrive next week. This will significantly boost our efforts to test individuals with suspected symptoms and ensure that we have one-day return of test results for anyone suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms in the state.”

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The governor, who stated that the first phase of the distribution of the relief palliatives benefited not less than 60,000 households, approximating 300,000 individuals, said: “We have learnt some lessons from that experience and these will guide the next phase that will benefit additional 80,000 households of about 400,000 individuals, comprising of the elderly, the poor and vulnerable people.

“This is an on-going process that will ultimately reach 500,000 households or three million individuals.”

He warned those who might want to take advantage of the current situation to perpetrate any form of crime or criminality, saying: “Ogun State has zero-tolerance for crimes. And if you test our will, the government and the security agencies will be swift in apprehending you and bringing you to justice.”

He, therefore, urged parents and guardians to ensure the conduct and activities of their children and wards are in consonance with law, public morality and order.

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