The Oyo State government in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, 12th July 2021 donated medical equipment to the Biorepository Laboratory of the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.
According to Dr. Ayoola Adebisi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, the equipment includes a biosafety cabinet and a thermocycler.
The permanent secretary stated at the presentation of the repository equipment that the donation was made in fulfilment of Governor ‘Seyi Makinde’s vow to improve the state’s healthcare system and deepen partnership with the hospital.
He went on to say that the repository equipment will let the teaching hospital test more COVID-19 samples.
He said: “We are here in fulfilment of His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde’s promise to fight Covid-19 pandemic by donating equipment worth millions of naira to Biorepository Laboratory at College of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State.
“We presented a biosafety cabinet as well as repository equipment.
“We all know what is ongoing about COVID-19 testing. The equipment we have donated will go a long way in assisting the hospital to get more samples to be tested.
“So, this will help in the area of more testing. And those people that are affected by the disease will be taken care of either at the isolation centre, our dedicated Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo or some other places.”
Mrs. Omigbodun Olayinka Olusola, Provost of College of Medicine, expressed her gratitude for the donation, stating that it will enable researchers and doctors to operate safely and effectively.
“I am extremely grateful and delighted that His Excellency, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, in his magnanimity, donated very expensive equipment – a biosafety cabinet and thermocycler. This will help our researchers and clinicians to work safely because they are dealing with harmful organisms.
“From this, I believe a lot of good will come. As we all know, we have been partnering with Oyo State in the fight against COVID-19. Many of our staff members are here in the College of Medicine, the University of Ibadan and they are at the forefront.
“So, once again, we are grateful for the partnership and gift, even though we are going to use it for the benefit of the people of Oyo State.”