COVID-19: PTF lauds Ogun, promises adequate refund of expenses

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has commended the efforts of the Ogun state government towards curtailing the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The Executive Director, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, stated this while leading a PTF delegation on a courtesy visit to Governor Dapo Abiodun at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.

The PTF described the government’s fight against the spread of COVID-19 as exemplary; assuring that the federal government will refund the state for its expenses on the outbreak.

The task force also recommended that other states should learn about the coping and flattening strategies of Ogun state when it had the unfortunate situation of recording the index case of the pandemic in February.

Shauib acknowledged the innovative deployment of technology by the state to fight the pandemic. He pointed out that the use of existing structure in Ogun to fight coronavirus pictured the gospel the PTF has been preaching to various states in the country. 

He also noted that the present administration in the Gateway state had effectively put the three levels of healthcare to use with the recent renovation of 20 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in each of its local government areas.

He said the history of COVID-19 in Nigeria is not complete without the significant role of Ogun state. We will ensure that funds that are supposed to come here are made available in order to further strengthen your structure.

“The Presidential Task Force is visiting Ogun state not because there is a crisis in the management of COVID-19, not because we see any evidence of gaps in the outbreak response, but instead to commend the effort of Ogun state for the way they have managed the outbreak’s response. Ogun state is a good example of doing the right things when it comes to the COVID-19,” he said.

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