The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) and John Hopkins programme for international Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO) as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are undertaking the upgrade of Edo State Covid-19 Emergency operation centre (EOC), which is designed to explore better ways of fighting the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at an interactive session journalists, the State project Manager, Dr Folus Ejele said that the centre which is the situation room would be commissioned on May 24th 2020 and thereafter handed over to the Government.
He said the upgrading emergency operation centre (EOC) project is for the coordination, follow up, tracking, data collation and details of Covid-19 is done in Edo State and supported by the international organizations.
The State Coordinator, commended the State Government under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki for the steps taken in fighting the epidemic.
According to Dr Folus, “We are upgrading the EOC for Edo State Government and we are bringing in new items to add to what the Government already has on ground. We are also going to train the staff they have on ground and continue to give them support”, he said.
“What we saw on ground was so encouraging because from our interactive sessions with them, it is clear that the Governor is on top of the situation of Covid-19 response.
They have so many testing centres , they are among the first to have testing centres in Nigeria and they are building more testing centres. “
The seasoned medical practitioner and Stare Project Manager for USAID/JHPIEGO, stated that they will handle the project for three months before they will hand it over to the State government after commission.
According to him, the State Government has been very cooperative and that they have met with the leadership of the health sector in Edo State, headed by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia.
“In areas where they want us to help , we have analysed and identified those things that needs to be upgraded in the EOC and we are adding value to the centre”, he said.
Upon completion, the partnership would improve healthcare delivery and maintain a comprehensive and effective a response to of Covid-19 related crisis.