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Oyo activates three community COVID-19 testing sites



OYO State Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday activated three sites for COVID-19 samples collection in different communities in Ibadan.

  The community testing drive which was intended to accommodate about 10,000 samples began at the Alegongo Primary School, Lagelu West Local Council  Development Area, Ibadan under the supervision of the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun.

  Olatubosun said that the community testing was free, and encouraged Oyo people to get tested when the team would reach their communities.

  “Gov. Seyi Makinde’s administration believes that the health of the citizenry is paramount and that government would pursue with vigour, its commitment to the sound health of the citizenry.  We are treating this as an emergency; no amount spent by government on this is a waste.”

  “That is the reason we are doing everything possible to make sure that the people have access to medical care, most especially against anything that has to do with COVID-19,” he said.

  He noted that the task force started with selective testing and later engaged in Drive-Through/Walk-Through Testing at Adamasingba, where he advised the  people to drive in and  get tested.

  “But we are reaching a stage where we have to go to the community, and that is why we are decentralising testing, which we call community testing.

  “We are now moving to communities, local government areas. where we have encouraged people from all the communities to come out and get  tested.

  “The essence of this is that we cannot sit down somewhere and be assessing people.

  ” In figures, Oyo State is rated fourth or fifth but we have tested far more than many states.

  “We are doing this to have adequate and exact data to work with and arrest the spread of the virus from the community level,” the commissioner said.

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