Covid-19: Private sector donates 65-bed capacity isolation centre in Abeokuta

Covid-19: Private sector donates 65-bed capacity isolation centre in Abeokuta

- A team of some private organisation has empowered the Ogun state government to battle coronavirus pandemic

- The group whose aim is to beat the pandemic in the country under the aegis of CACOVID-19 donated a 65-bed medical facility

- Some of those at the presentation of the facility were the state's government officials like Tope Lawal and Tomi Coker

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The private sector Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID) has donated a 65-bed treatment centre in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state on Wednesday, May 13.

The development was made known by Folorunso Alakija, one of the richest people in Africa. In a LinkedIn post, she said that the donation was presented to Tayo Lawal, the special adviser to Ogun state governor on health.

Others at the presentation were Tomi Coker, commissioner for health, Adesanya Ayinde, the permanent secretary, among others.

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The facility was presented to the government on Wednesday, May 13. Photo source: CACOVID-19
The facility was presented to the government on Wednesday, May 13. Photo source: CACOVID-19
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Sierra Leonean government appointed a Nigerian, Dr Laoluwa Adejayan, as the head of its Covid-19 Task Force.

In explaining how the Nigerian is better suited for the position, the government said that they took the action on the basis that Laoluwa’s work in recent years as a foreign medical practitioner has spoken for itself.

After the appointment, the government increased his salary to $20,000 (N7,740,200) monthly, a 100% increment over his previous salary.

It should be noted that Adejayan graduated from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso and reportedly did his National Youth Service Corps programme in Bayelsa state.

Also, the president of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari informing him about the appointment as he described the Nigerian as a good ambassador.

President Julius said Laoluwa has proved to be a brilliant and dedicated doctor. On the other hand, Buhari congratulated the doctor for representing the country well.

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In other news, the federal government has said that it would not be publishing the coronavirus test results of Nigerian returnees from Dubai, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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This was made known by the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Thursday, May 14, in Abuja during the 31st joint nation briefing of the presidential task force on Covid-19.

He said the test result of the returnees, who are still in compulsory 14-day isolation, will be shared with those affected.

“We are doing the test, even when the tests are out, we are not going to offer it to you. We will offer it to the returnees. We are not going to make public the results whether you just came back from Dubai or you are living in Nigeria. Results are meant for patients who got tested,” he said.

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