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COVID-19: Eti Osa Isolation Centre To Shutdown

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

The management board of Young President Organisation, YPO, has announced plans to shutdown Eti-Osa Isolation Centre, Landmark Village, on July 31, in line with agreed terms with Lagos State Government.

The Lagos Chapter of the organisation had approached the Lagos State Government and on March 31, 2020 embarked on setting up a free public COVID-19 treatment and isolation centre in Eti Osa LGA.

The centre was handed over to the Lagos State Government for it to be integrated into the Statewide response for COVID-19 in April 22, 2020.

However, barely three months of operations, the Eti Osa Isolation Centre would cease its activities in line with the agreement signed with the Lagos State Government.

A statement by YPO Board on Monday said the organisation would be donating all the world-class medical equipment estimated to worth N1.2 billion to the state government upon closure for treatment of patients.

The Eti-OSa Isolation Centre’s sole purpose was to improve the capacity of the state to fight COVID-19 and thus save lives during the critical early stage of the pandemic.

The statement read, “As the Centre is closing down on July 31, 2020, YPO will donate world-class medical equipment to Lagos State in order to contribute to the development of the health care system in the state now and for many years to come.

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“The facility is staffed with 97 clinical staff such as medical directors, doctors, intensivists, nurses, radiologists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, laboratory operators, biomedical engineers, and 45 operational staff such as housekeepers, hygienists and support staff.

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“Each of the 142 staff has undergone constant and regular training since the beginning of the center’s operations in order to improve quality and build a world-class health care ecosystem at the Eti Osa Isolation Centre.

“YPO is very proud to have contributed to the continuous capacity building of the health care workers and extremely grateful to the team of doctors, nurses, and facilities personnel that worked tirelessly every day and night, to make sure lives were saved.

“The Eti Osa Isolation Center has treated over 310 patients, from every nationality and every walk of life. Every one of them was treated like a VIP patient and the excellent service and wonderful care was appreciated by everyone at the centre.”

The organisation also commended “members, spouses, and our corporate and individual donors who collectively donated about  N1.2 billion to make this centre a reality.”

“We are very thankful to the Lagos State Government for this unique collaboration which contributed to the narrative of saving lives in Lagos State.

“YPO believes that the Eti Osa Isolation Centre has changed the landscape of healthcare and the role of the private sector in healthcare in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole and hope there will be a similar collaboration with the state in the future.”

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