- The Oyo state government has set up Emergency Operating Centres (EOCs) to check the spread of coronavirus in the state.
- The governor's press secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said the state's task force on Covid-19 is headed by Governor Seyi Makinde himself
- The residents of Oyo state are advised to abide by the preventive measures such as regular handwashing, social distancing, etc
In its determined effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state, the Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 has activated emergency Operating Centres (EOCs).
The task force headed by the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde in its second meeting on Sunday, March 22, named Dr Taiwo Ladipo of the Ministry of Health as the incident manager in charge of the operating centres, Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ridwan Kolawole, states.
In addition, a five-member committee of experts has been approved to act as sub-committee for the EOCs.
It would be recalled that the first case of coronavirus was recorded in Oyo state on Saturday, March 21.
A statement by the chief press secretary to Governor Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, confirmed the above as some of the decisions reached at the second meeting of the COVID-19 Task Force held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Sunday, March 22.
The statement also quoted the state’s commissioner for health, Dr Bashir Bello, as affirming the release of two dedicated lines to coordinate COVID-19 related emergencies.
The numbers are: 08095394000 and 08095863000.
The statement also confirmed that Dr Bello, in a brief submitted to the task force, indicated that the EOCs started 24-hour operations on Sunday.
According to him, the State Surveillance Team is directly following up the suspected coronavirus case in the state.
The suspect was said to have recently arrived Oluyole, Ibadan, from the United States.
“It must be noted that she arrived in Nigeria on the 8th of March and today 22nd of March is her 14th-day post-arrival, which has thus completed the isolation period,” the statement read.
The statement re-emphasised the need for the people of Oyo state to observe standard procedures of engagement at this time by maintaining social distance, regular hand washing and use of sanitisers.
“We also encourage Nigerians returning from COVID-19 affected countries to maintain the globally accepted protocol by self-isolating for 14 days and reporting any untoward conditions to the State medical personnel.
“Let us also use this opportunity to reaffirm that all schools are to remain closed till after the Easter holidays and until the State re-evaluates the situation on ground,” the statement further read.
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In a related development, the police in Lagos have commenced a massive crackdown on social, religious and other gatherings above 50 people in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and Nigeria at large.
The Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement, made available to Legit.ng, said the police operatives will be enforcing the ban on social gatherings, clubs, parties, ceremonies and religious gatherings of more than 50 persons in the state.
Also, as the number of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria surged to 22 on Saturday, March 21, the federal government has shut Nigeria's international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
The Nigerian government barred international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, effective from Monday, March 23.
The ban is expected to be in place until April 23, according to a statement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
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