By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent, Benin
Edo State Covid-19 Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is being upgraded by the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) and John Hopkins Programme for International Education in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO) as part of it’s contribution to help the state in fighting the corona virus pandemic.
The State Project Manager, Dr Folus Ejele, disclosed this, adding that the centre which is the situation room would be commissioned on the 24th of May.
He said the upgrading of the project is being funded for the state by USAID through JHPIEGO and on commission, it will be handed over to the state government.
According to Dr Folus, the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is where the coordination, follow up, tracking, data collation and details of Covid-19 is done in Edo State.
“We are upgrading the EOC for Edo State Government and we are bringing in new items to add to what the government already have on ground. We are also going to train the staff they have on ground and continue to give them support.”
The state coordinator further said that what the government have on ground is very encouraging and commended the State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, for his commitment towards the fight against the pandemic in the state.
“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.”
Speaking further, Dr. Ejele who is a seasoned medical practitioner and state Project Manager for USAID/JHPIEGO elucidated that they will handle the project for three months before they will hand it over to the state government after commission.
He added that 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 Commissioner of Health.
“In areas where they want us to help we have analysed and identified those things that need to be upgraded in the EOC and we are adding value to the centre.”