We’ve Spent N2.7bn To Fight COVID-19 – Oyo Govt.

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Oyo state Commissioner for Finance in Oyo State, Akinola Ojo, says the state has spent N2.7bn in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

We've Spent N2.7bn To Fight COVID-19 - Oyo Govt.
We’ve Spent N2.7bn To Fight COVID-19 – Oyo Govt.

He said that the amount was spent on setting up of treatment and isolation centres, procurement of palliatives and seedlings for a section of the residents and farmers as well as on procurement of ambulances and the security of the state’s borders, among others.

The Commissioner noted the state considered it imperative to inform the public on the expenses on the pandemic in line with the principle of transparency and accountability, which he claimed the governor, Seyi Makinde, is known for.

Giving a breakdown of the figures, Ojo said N370 million was for the setting up of the Infectious Disease Centre in Ibadan; N453 million on the security of the state borders; N118 million to provide support for the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan for partnership on testing; N900 million on the provision of palliatives and seedling to residents and farmers.

According to him, N321 million was spent on the procurement of ambulances for the Ministry of Health, adding that N614 million was released so far on the procurement of reagents, body kits, drugs and other items for testing and treatment of patients.

“In terms of the cost of treatment, if you remember when I gave the breakdown, I said we spent N614 million on other items, which were consumables, such as reagents and body kits and others for patients,” he said.

The commissioner, who stated that the state has approved a total of N15,000 per health worker as hazard allowance added that the allowance would be paid from March 2020.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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