By Adijat Rabiu
Ogun State Government has scaled up its preparedness to contain the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic by opening an Oxygen Therapy Center to avoid scarcity of the life-saving consumable.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said the Oxygen Therapy Center located within the Infectious Disease Hospital, Iberekodo, Abeokuta, consists of 20 beds of high dependency capacity.
Dr. Coker affirmed that the State and nation at large were in the deep of second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, describing the infectivity rate of the new strain as highly infectious.
“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”, Coker said.
The Commissioner, however, pointed that Ogun has tested over 50,000 residents which is the 1 percent of its population as stipulated by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), saying Ogun was 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,” the Commissioner said.