The Oyo State Government says there is no record of positive case of the Coronavirus, aqmidst the fear of the spread to the State.
The State Commissioner of Health, Dr Bashir Bellon gave an update on the Coronavirus to the public at a Press Conference in Ibadan.
“At this point, the Ministry of Health wishes to inform the general public that despite the report of several cases of Corona Virus in the country, our Ministry hereby reiterates its commitment towards ensuring a disease-free Oyo State,” Bello stated.
The confirmation came on the heels of the information that a carrier of the virus who was confirmed in Ekiti State stayed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital city, for two weeks before transiting to Ekiti State, where the case was confirmed.
The Commissioner said ”there is the suspected case of an individual, a UK returnee, who is presently observing the protocol of self-isolation and contact-tracing on the suspect is still ongoing.”
Speaking on the suspected case, Dr Bello revealed that some tests have been carried out and samples collected from the said individual have been sent to the National Reference Laboratory, LUTH, for Southwest and the test results were being expected on Friday.
“All facilities in Oyo State remain on high alert and adequate resources have been deployed to all facilities in case of unforeseen circumstances. I wish to reassure the people of the State that there is currently no confirmed case of Coronavirus in Oyo State until the result of the said individual returns to us,” the Commissioner stated.
Responding to a question of restriction order in the State, he urged the people to use their discretion on their movement, noting that the State is not prepared for any litigation that might follow any restriction order around the State.
Bello explained; “People who know all these public health preventive measures don’t need to be given a second hand. We are now calling on all citizens to please rely on their intelligence quotient, not necessarily by the time they get a ban.”
“Everybody trying any social gathering at this time will know it is somewhat dangerous. We advise that here in Oyo State, all groups involved should please try and avoid or cancel any such gatherings being proposed, “ the Commissioner said.
He implored the public to remain calm but ensure strict adherence to hygiene practices. He called on all individuals arriving in Oyo State and other parts of Nigeria from countries with ongoing COVID-19 outbreak to notify the Ministry of Health on arrival and undergo supervised self-isolation for at least fourteen days before moving around.
Source: Voice of Nigeria