The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has donated his Blood for experts to study Post Infection Protection against COVID-19.
Governor Seyi Makinde, said that he is donating his blood for Experts study into post Covid-19 infection cases.
Recall, that the Governor recovered from the coronavirus, after testing negative for the disease a second time.
In a tweet he made on Wednesday, 15th April, the Governor said that Oyo State has been on a drive to seek local solutions for the spread of the coronavirus.
Seyi Makinde expressed his readiness to donate his blood as sample for research in the quest to find a cure to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When necessary, he said, his blood could be taken for evaluation by experts on post-infection protection against the deadly infection.
He wrote, “We have been advocating for local solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic in Oyo State. So, as a COVID-19 survivor, I volunteered to donate my blood to be studied by our experts researching on the ‘Evaluation of Post Infection Protection Against SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) in Nigeria.”
Earlier, Makinde had said, “We are looking at local solutions. I know that a lot of people have been calling me all sorts of names on the social media but, from my experience, one thing that I know you have to do to conquer the virus is that you have to boost your immunity. We do have local solutions and, of course, we have to defer to experts’ opinion as part of the home-grown solution to deal with COVID-19.
“People may ask if we have been funding the research institutes very well. They may even ask if we are in a position to bring any kind of solution to the world. My answer is yes. Even chewing something like bitter-cola. When the Western World is having flu season, they have flu shots. But here, we have things like catarrh. When we are crossing over from dry season to rainy season, people almost always fall sick. Cold, cough, catarrh, we have ways of dealing with all of these locally.”
“So, except a solution comes from the Western or Eastern world, I won’t say that we cannot deal with it. I believe we have the capacity. We have the intellect to look at things that work locally and we will keep encouraging that. We have the capacity to also validate some of the results that we are going to be getting.”
“They did clinical trials for chloroquine and some other medications but these are things we take normally here. So, we are not ruling out a local solution to this pandemic.”
He, therefore, said that to help the advocacy, he will be donating his blood, so that Experts researching on the “Evaluation of Post Infection Protection Against Covid-19 in Nigeria”, can succeed.
Meanwhile, the Association of Professional Retired Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria in Oyo State, has commended Gov. Seyi Makinde on his efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
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The commendation was contained in a letter to Makinde dated April 15, which conveyed the association’s donation of N200,000 to the State COVID-19 Endowment Fund.
In the letter, they noted with joy the deployment of commendable measures by the governor in attacking the pandemic.
It said the prompt establishment of the Oyo State Infectitious Disease Hospital, Olodo, as well as the Drive-Through and Walkthrough Test Centres in the state had attested to the fact that the Makinde administration was fighting the disease headlong.
The association also commended the governor for the good work it was doing in fighting COVID-19, assuring him of its support for every effort to contain the pandemic.
“In supporting the good work that your Excellency and your team are doing towards curtailing and containing the scourge of COVID-18 pandemic in Oyo State, we hereby give our widow’s mite of N200,000.”
“The said amount has been credited into the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund Account domiciled at First Bank on Wednesday, April 15.”