OGUN INSURES OVER 8,000 HEALTH WORKERS, PARTNERS FG TO FEED OVER 60,000 PUPILS

Ogun State Government 9 has enrolled over 8, 000 health workers for life insurance to further motivate the frontline workers in combating the   pandemic Coronavirus pandemic in line with the House of  Assembly’s resolution for insurance for health workers.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker,  disclosed this while briefing members of the  Assembly on government’s efforts towards reducing the spread of the pandemic on the part of her ministry.
She added that government had also concluded more incentive packages for the front line health workers during the pandemic.
The Commissioner noted that as at today, 700 contacts had been tested, out of which 137 were confirmed positive, with 59 of them treated and discharged, 70 active cases and five fatalities recorded, acknowledging that available facilities at the centres had made response to the pandemic steady in the state. 
On the modalities for the establishment of  the five isolation centres situated in Sagamu, Ikenne and Abeokuta, Coker clarified that such was in line with the international standard practices in siting such centres close to tertiary health facilities.
Taking his turn to brief the lawmakers, Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs,  Femi Ogunbanwo, a legal practitioner, said the over 60, 000 school pupils, who are currently at home would be fed within the next two weeks under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government.
Ogunbanwo explained that the intervention would be done through collaboration with necessary stakeholders including the Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) and local government councils at 290 designated distribution centres in the various wards  across the state. 
He clarified that the distribution of the palliative was done for the people without political consideration, adding that within two weeks, over 2, 400 household had been enlisted in conditional cash transfer for the ongoing National Social Register of the Federal Government in the state.
This he stated had not been achieved in the last nine years, assuring that the State’s 100,000 target would be achieved within the next few weeks.
Responding, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo challenged the commissioners to improve on every measures at combating the spread of the virus, reiterating that the ninth Assembly would continue to collaborate with the executive arm at ensuring that the state flatten the curve of the pandemic.
Oluomo also tasked the residents to adhere strictly to guidelines put forward by health personnel including the maintenance of social distance, use of facemask, handwashing and other hygienic practices amongst others.

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