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COVID-19 resurgence: Ogun govt opens oxygen therapy center

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By Seun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Ogun state government has opened an Oxygen Therapy Center to avoid the scarcity of the life-saving consumable in order to contain the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said the Oxygen Therapy Center which sits within the Infectious Disease Hospital, Iberekodo, Abeokuta, consists of 20 beds of high dependency capacity.

Dr. Coker said that the state and country at large are in the deep of second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, describing the infectivity rate of the new strain as being highly infectious.

She said: “Our Oxygen Therapy Center in Iberekodo, Abeokuta will help to ensure that we do not run out of oxygen like some states are experiencing at the moment. We are responding appropriately to contain and curtail this second wave.

“Our positivity rate prior to December was roving around 0.7 – 0.8 percent, but since December, particularly January, our positivity rate has gone up by about 8 percent, which means that this second wave is real. Hence, we all have to pay attention and do all the necessary things needed to protect ourselves”.

The commissioner, however, divulged that the state government has tested over 50,000 residents which is 1 percent of its population as stipulated by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), saying that the state is one of the leading states in the number of tests carried out.

“We are responding appropriately to contain and curtail this second wave but success of our response has to be a collaborative one between the government and the individuals,” she noted.

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