Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has implored the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and, WHO, World Health Organization, to certify some laboratories in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, as a testing centre for COVID-19.
The Governor made this appeal on Tuesday to NCDC boss, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu on his visit to the state. Seyi Makinde noted that if Lagos can have up to six testing centers, it wouldn’t be bad if Oyo have up to 3 or more centers. Seyi Makinde further noted that his administration had planned to test ten thousand people in the short time.
In response to the Governor’s request, the NCDC commended the state government and noted his interest to see an improved isolation center on his second visit.
He said,” l am impressed with the commitment of the government and all the resources in the state. I am happy that people are coming together across the federal and state institutions in Oyo State. And I think working together with WHO support, the NCDC support and all aspects of the government, we can really create a great example for the country here in Ibadan.”
“The key thing for this treatment center is to get things started; to get the first set of patients in and try whether the systems move. You can never know how good a house is until someone is living inside. So, we have to bring in the first patients and make sure that everything works fine and we can grow from there.
“I think this center will serve Nigeria, not just Oyo State. It will serve the entire country for many years for all sorts of infectious diseases, for research, for diagnosis and for care, “Ihekweazu added.