The Ogun State Government has activated an Emergency Operation Committee (EOC) to manage any development that may arise from reported cases of Coronavirus.
The Committee, headed by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, comprises staffers of the State Ministry of Health, Hospitals Management Board, Representatives of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and representatives of Federal Medical Center (FMC), Abeokuta.
The EOC consists of seven sub- committees, including; Risk Communication and Mobilisation, Surveillance, Case Management, Infection Prevention Control (IPC), Central Coordination/Planning and Logistics/ Finance.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, Dr. Coker said the multidisciplinary Committee would meet daily and update the general public about any development, revealing that an Emergency Operation Center had been opened in Block C, within the State Secretariat, to attend to issues relating to the outbreak.
Reassuring residents on efforts made so far to control the Convid-19 outbreak, the Commissioner said, the Prince Dapo Abiodun led government had put everything in place, ahead of time to arrest the situation, calling on the public to be calm, ignore any panic message, maintain personal hygiene and avoid contacts with whoever has a fever by five feet.
“We are on top of the situation. There is no cause for alarm. Our health educators are busy on the field with advocacy efforts. We are sensitizing our health Officers too on preventive measures. We have all the required interventions to contain the situation. Members of the public should remain calm”, she said.
Coker urged people to report any suspected case to the already activated emergency units across the 20 Local Government Areas of the State, adding that the State Epidemiologists can also be reached on 08188978393 or 08188978392.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tomi Coker, revealed at the Emergency Operation Committee meeting in Abeokuta, that a mobile application, ‘’CommCare’’ has been launched by the State government to contain Convid-19, as well as enhance information dissemination among health workers in the State.
She said the Android application, which was rolled out at Ewekoro Local Government Area, would also be deployed in two other priority areas, including, Ado-Odo/Ota and Ifo Local Government areas, due to high industrial activities in the localities, thereby enhancing activities of health workers at the Primary Health Centers (PHCs), to easily do risk assessment before it escalates.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola, commended the initiative of having a mobile application to aid health workers at this crucial moment, assuring that all PHCs would use the mobile application to alert the State of any emergency.