The Ondo State Government has dismissed reports on social media that the state has closed its isolation centres.
The Acting Commissioner for Health, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye, said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that the state’s isolation centres were fully open.
Adeyeye said that what had, however, changed was the protocol of managing patients infected with COVID-19 and not a closure as claimed in the reports.
“Before now, the protocol was to isolate every patient that tested positive to COVID-19 in the isolation centre but now our new protocol is to admit for treatment only positive patients with symptoms or comorbidities at the isolation centres.
“Other positive cases that are asymptomatic and with no co-morbidities are to self- isolate under supervision in suitable homes according to the standard protocol and global best practices.
“However, it is noteworthy that a group of doctors are on strike for additional hazard allowance promised by government in April 2020.
“The state government has demonstrated its continued commitment to the fight against COVID-19, the overall health of the people of Ondo State and the wellbeing of our health professionals by promptly paying salaries and allowances of health workers to date,” Adeyeye said.
He stressed that the list of those entitled to the additional COVID-19 Hazard Allowance and amount due to each of them was already being computed.
“This should be concluded within the week and payment effected and government is in the process of acquiring life insurance coverage for all front-line health workers in the battle against COVID-19,” he said.
He appealed to all health workers on strike to return back to work in the light of the pandemic.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
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