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COVID-19: Oyo begins community-based testing tomorrow

The Oyo State Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for COVID-19, will, on Wednesday, begin the community-based testing drive in Ibadan, the state capital.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the EOC released a schedule showing activation dates for samples’ collection sites.
According to the schedule, three samples’ collection sites will be activated on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Oluyole, Lagelu and Ibadan South-East Local Government Areas, LGAs.
The samples’ collection sites to be activated on Wednesday are Olomi Primary School, beside Adaramagbo Primary Health Centre, Alegongo Community Primary School and Agbogbon CHC.
Activation of samples’  collection sites will continue at Adeoyo Maternity, in Ibadan North Local Government, and Jericho Specialist Hospital, Ibadan South-West, on Friday, June 5, 2020, while the exercise will continue at State Hospital, Oyo, in Oyo East Local Government; General Hospital, Okaka, in Itesiwaju Local Government, and General Hospital, Arowomole, in Ogbomoso South Local Government, on Monday, June 8, 2020.
The samples’ collection sites in Ibarapa North Local Government and Saki West Local Government will be activated at the General Hospital, Ayete, and State Hospital, Saki  respectively, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
According to the statement, the community-based testing approach is in line with the commitment of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, headed by the governor, to ramp up testing for COVID-19 in the state.
The state had been able to increase capacity for testing with the setting up of the Diagnostic Centre at the Virology Department, University College Hospital, Ibadan, and the Drive-Through/Walk-Through Testing, organised at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, in collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organisation.
The community-based testing, which is expected to take place across 10 LGAs, will increase the state’s testing capacity, which Governor Makinde, during a broadcast in commemoration of his administration’s one year in office, noted, remained among the highest in the country.
Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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