*says, no need to panic, situation under control
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Wednesday asked all returnees from UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and other high risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to CoronaVirus test.
Also, the governor hinted that considering that he was in Abuja for the better part of last week, he has subjected himself to test and his wife too because of her recent travel history also subjected herself to test, saying, ” both came back negative
The governor who stated these in a broadcast to the people of the state on the first confirmed CoronaVirus positive case in Osun state disclosed that the confirmed case was not the first one the state government will be subjecting to investigation, saying, “but so far all the others have tested negative”.
Governor Oyetola stressed that the state government had contacted the family of the patient and has since commenced contact tracing to identify people who might have been in contact with the confirmed case.
“To this end, I want to passionately encourage all returnees from UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and indeed other high risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test, so as to assist the government in containing the spread of the virus”, he said.
Governor Oyetola added, “sadly, I want to say that we have the first confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus in the State. It was confirmed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. The case is a returnee from the United Kingdom and is currently receiving treatment”.
“The sample was tested at NCDC accredited Testing Centre, which is the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun and the result returned positive on Tuesday night. However, this confirmed case is not the first one we will be subjecting to investigation. But so far all the others have tested negative”
According to the governor, the state government “had contacted the family of the patient and has since commenced contact tracing to identify people who might have been in contact with the confirmed case.”
The governor stressed “to further contain the spread, the following measures take immediate effect: One, a Taskforce has been set up to man all the state land borders and conduct preliminary screening. Two, all major markets will be shut down with effect from Friday, March 27. However, traders are allowed to sell food items in front of their houses. Pharmacies are also exempted from this ban. Three, the ban on public gatherings, church services, Mosques, social events and political meetings among others remain in force”.
“Fellow citizens and residents of our dear State, do not panic, the case, is under control. I want to urge you all to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures by regularly washing your hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distance”.
He added, “as part of our efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the State, we have set up holding centres and the one in Asubiaro Specialist Hospital, Osogbo, is up and running, to isolate and treat suspected and reported cases of the virus in the State”, saying, “the Emergency number to call is 293. Other numbers are: 08035025692, 08033908772 and 08056456250.”