To contain the spread of COVID-19, the government of Osun state in southwest Nigeria has placed a ban on all gatherings that could bring together 50 or more persons.
The ban came as the federal government ordered the closure of all tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools across the country.
This measure, which takes immediate effect till further notice, affects all schools, churches, mosques, night clubs and sports arenas among others.
The government advised the citizenry not to panic, especially since no case has been recorded in the state. It said it arrived at the decision after wide consultations with health professionals and stakeholders in the health sector.
In a statement signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Ismail Omipidan, the ban by Government Gboyega Oyetola became necessary following the Federal Government directive to ensure precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
It said the fact that few cases have been reported in its neighboring states makes it imperative to act.
“To refuse to act now will be burying our heads in the sand. Osun is not an island and we as a government are aware of the sad stories of COVID-19 around us, from our neighbouring states and all over the world.
“Though we have not recorded any case of the deadly virus, as a responsible government, we must be prepared so that we are not taken by surprise. The coronavirus scourge is a complex public health emergency, the type the world had never seen.
“Therefore, to protect our dear state, our children, and our economy will require our collective response and sacrifice. Government at both state and local government levels will lead but we will all need to do our bit to get through this bad patch.” The government said.
Governor Oyetola stressed that the state Technical Action Committee is working round the clock to beef up the state’s capacity for epidemiological control and management, calling on citizens not to give in to undue panic.
Source: Voice of Nigeria