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COVID-19: Oyo gov’t cautions private facilities on managing cases

Owners of private health facilities in Oyo State have been warned against managing COVID-19 cases in their facilities, as this has been linked with the rising cases of the infection in the state.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa indicates that the chairman of the state’s COVID-19 Technical Task Force, Professor Temitope Alonge, gave this warning in a memo addressed to Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers and Managers of private health facilities in the state.

The statement notes that there are approved 30 Testing Centres including the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan for the purpose of testing samples.

It adds that those suspected to have symptoms of coronavirus infection should be referred to these centres for testing and that testing for symptomatic or suspected cases is free. 

Professor Alonge appealed to the health workers to comply with the advisory, reiterating that the Oyo State Government could not afford any depletion in the healthcare workforce due to ill health arising from coronavirus infection. 

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