Coronavirus: See Nigerian Governors Leading the War…the facilities will amaze you

Coronavirus has caused a real scare in Nigeria with some very prominent people testing positive, however, some state governors have braced up to the occasion and seem prepared to battle the virus with various measures they have taken to combat the disease.

Some of these states are Oyo State, Lagos State, Delta State, Kaduna State and Borno State.

The Borno State Governor, 

Engr Babagana Umara Zulum, unveiled a state of the art testing and isolation centre in his state which gladdened the hearts of many Nigerians.

Gov Zulum

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, after the initial criticisms about the Lagos State isolation center where Nigeria’s first index case was quarantined has since braced up to the occasion and converted the isolation center to a modern health facility.

Gov Sanwo-Olu

In Kaduna State, Governor Nasir El-Rufai placed social distancing as a priority as he banned large gatherings and over crowding in public transportation, putting a task force in charge of enforcing restriction laws, though, Kaduna is yet to record any case of COVID-19.

Gov El-Rufai

Delta State’s governor, Ifeanyi Okowa’s isolation center is no less well equipped.

Gov Okowa

A medical doctor himself, ventilators, testing kits have been provided by the Okowa at the center.

Gov Makinde

Seyi Makinde who was largely criticised for the PDP rally which held in his state, quickly apologized while revealing immense efforts he had put in place to check a break out of COVID-19 in Oyo State.

Makinde remains one of the few governors who keep their people updated on Twitter daily.

Taking to his Twitter page @seyiamakinde, the governor revealed that he had set up a Civic-19 task force and updates on efforts of the task force:

Here are some of the measures put in place as at Thursday March, 19:

“We have released funds for:

a. Activation of Emergency Operation Centre at the Ministry of Health.

b. Establishment of Diagnostic Centre for screening of Coronavirus and other related infectious diseases to be stationed at the UCH, Ibadan. 

c. We will increase our enlightenment campaigns.

d. Wash centres will be provided in markets and public places. 

e. Personal protective gear will be provided for our health workers through emergency purchases.

f. Two ambulances dedicated to coronavirus cases to be provided.

g. The disease surveillance and notifications system in the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs created earlier will be activated.

h. The Free Health Mission is hereby suspended.

i. The ongoing employee verification is suspended.

j. Diagnostic Centre to be set up within 72 hours.

k. Schools to be closed immediately until after Easter.

l. The Maternal and Health Centre at Olodo has now been re-designated as the state infectious disease hospital.

Covid 19 task force 

1. We have released funds for:

a. Activation of Emergency Operation Centre at the Ministry of Health.

b. Establishment of Diagnostic Centre for screening of Coronavirus and other related infectious diseases to be stationed at the UCH, Ibadan.

Besides the state government’s efforts, other organs of government have also taken independent measures to help check the virus.

One of such organisations is the Pacesetters transport company which has unveiled actions taken by it to keep its busses and passengers safe.

Adeleke, Pacesetters Boss

According to the Chairman of the company, Mr Dare Adeleke, the company has provided protected gear for its operators, hand sanitisers for passengers and fumigated all its busses, an exercise which will continue for as long as necessary.

“We have decided to support the good works of His Excellency Seyi Makinde who has not relented since this COVID-19 scare hit Nigeria by pro actively putting structures in place to combat it. In that direction, we are making sure everybody who uses our service is safe”, Adeleke said.

It is hoped that all Nigerian governors and the minister of the FCT will pace up with these extraordinary men who are giving extraordinary service at this critical point in Nigeria’s history.

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