Ondo State says it has not closed its Isolation center as speculated in some quaters.

The state government said it only changed its mode of running the center which is still in full operation.

This was contained in a statement signed by the special adviser and acting commissioner for health Dr Jibayo Adeyeye.

According to Dr Adeyeye, Government only change the managerial tactics used in treating patients infected with COVID-19 .

He said before now, the protocol was to isolate every patient that tested positive to COVID-19 in the infectious disease hospital but the new protocol is to admit for treatment only positive patients with symptoms or comorbidities at the Isolation centres.

Other positive cases that are asymptomatic and with no co-morbidities are to self- isolate under supervision in suitable homes according to the standard protocol and global best practices.

The statement noted that government has demonstrated its continued commitment to the fight against COVID-19, the overall health of the people of Ondo State and the wellbeing of health professionals by promptly paying salaries and allowances of health workers to date and already computing the list of those entitled to the additional COVID Hazard allowance and amount due to each of them which will be completed within a week.

Dr Adeyeye further stated that the government was in the process of acquiring life insurance coverage for all front-line health workers in the battle against COVID-19.

He however appealed to all striking health workers to return to work in the spirit of the emergency pandemic.

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