The Ogun State Government has distanced itself from the video of a 25-year-old young man who purportedly died in an isolation centre, condemning the reckless act of filming a dying person.
According to a statement released by the Commissioner for Health, Tomi Coker, on Monday, she said: “There is no 25-year-old (Male) admitted into any of the isolation centres in Ogun State and the arrangement in the state wards is spacious to meet with the social distancing regulation stipulated by World Health Organization contrary to the space displayed in the propaganda video.”
She said that the Polaris Bank logo on the cabinet showing that it was donated by the said bank is a clear sign that the place in question is not an Ogun State isolation centre, adding that no COVID-19 relief item was donated to Ogun State government by Polaris Bank.
Dr Coker pointed out that the inscription on the wall of the background is not consistent with any of the numerous encouraging wall inscriptions in the Ogun State wards.
The Commissioner said that none of Ogun State isolation centres is painted in the colour shown in the footage.
Condemning the video, Coker said that it is inappropriate for a hospital environment, meant for caring, to be turned into such frivolous use. She described the action as a disheartening and futile smear campaign designed to denigrate the steady battle against COVID-19 in Ogun State.
“It is unfortunate that anyone would take delight in filming a dying patient rather than assist as the footage suggests,” the Commissioner stated.
Commenting on another mischievous picture depicting health workers in the State wearing bin bags as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the Commissioner clearly stated that “all our health facilities are provided with appropriate PPE,” reassuring that health workers well-being and safety remain a priority to the present administration.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Nigeria currently has 2802 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 417 persons discharged and 93 deaths.
Ogun State has 85 total confirmed cases and one death.
As Nigeria grapples with containing the spread of the disease, the number of confirmed cases has continued to increase with Lagos topping the chart with the highest number of cases.
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