*to roll out paliatives, fumigate markets across the state, soon
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Acting Chairman of Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Professor Temitope Alonge on Saturday hinted that the state has recorded another positive case of CoronaVirus making the total number in the state so far to become 9.
The former Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital made this known in a statement in Ibadan disclosed that the latest CoronaVirus positive person has been moved into one of the isolation centres in the state.
Professor Alonge in the statement emphasized that “the latest case is a close contact of the second confirmed case who subsequently developed symptoms”,
“The Oyo State COVID -19 Task Force wishes to announce through this medium that the state has recorded another positive case of COVID -19, bringing to nine, the total of positive cases in the state”, he said.
Professor Alonge added, “the latest case is a close contact of the second confirmed case who subsequently developed. The patient has been moved to one of the isolation centres in the state, while activities at the Emergency Operations Centre, (EOC) are being ramped up and reviewed to meet the evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic”.
The Oyo COVID-19 Acting Chairman stressed further that arrangements have been concluded by the Oyo state government to decontaminate (fumigate) markets spread across the state and that the decontamination would be carried out by using experts from the University of Ibadan, , saying, “while the exact date of the exercise would be communicated through the heads of markets.”
Stressing that with the index case in the state already discharged, the other seven cases remain stable,” Professor Alonge in the statement noted that the diagnostic centre located inside the University College Hospital has commenced full and timely testing of samples, while it is committed to a turnaround time of less than 24 hours to provide results for samples taken.
“His Excellency is pleased at the progress that has been made at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Olodo, Ibadan with the training of key personnel and the readiness of the centre to receive patients starting from Monday the April 6,” .
On donations to the Oyo state government, Professor Alonge said,the state government has received donations amounting to N125 million in cash and some other kind donations.
The statement read: “The Task Force was also briefed about the School-on-Air programme designed to fill the gap for students in SS3, which is being supported by Telecommunications giant, Airtel with a donation of 500mb of data to each participating student.The Commissioner for Education, Barr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who briefed the Task Force, said that the programme being run on the radio and television channels of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), was already reaching between 60 and 70 percent of the student population.
It added, “the Task Force was further alerted to the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to roll out palliatives to residents of the state within a short while and that the Ministry of Special Duties and Women Affairs and Social Inclusion are working out the modalities for the distribution of the palliatives in a way that would ensure the people who are really in need are directly reached.”