- Weekly markets in Osun has been suspended indefinitely
- The state government said that its decision does not affect daily markets
- The government made it clear that the move was necessitated by the fact that Osun shares boundaries with some neighbouring high-risk states
The Osun state government has indefinitely suspended all weekly markets as a preventive measure to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
The state government's decision was made known by the commissioner for health, Rafiu Isamotu, on Tuesday, March 25.
Isamotuon also said that the ministry of health in the state has embarked on a sensitisation campaign to educate market women on the need to uphold utmost hygiene.
The commissioner made it known in a statement made available to Legit.ng that this is necessary as the state shares boundaries with certain states where there are confirmed cases of the virus.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Osun government had ordered the closure of all public gathering including churches, mosques and schools to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
The order was contained in a statement on Thursday, March 19, by the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola and sent to the media by his spokesman, Ismail Omipidan.
According to the statement, the ban takes effect from Friday, March 20, till further notice.
“As a responsible and responsive government that places a premium on the well-being of its people, we will protect our citizens from potential and actual threats,” part of the statement read.
The federal and many state governments have been taking precautionary actions, including shutting down public spaces to curb the dreaded coronavirus.
The federal government recently shut down three international airports as part of its strategic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus across the country.
The airports are; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers.
Recently, the government gave a directive to airlines operating international and regional flights in the country to commence the implementation of the use of the yellow card as a requirement for travel.
A letter from the office of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was distributed to the affected airlines after the directive came from the federal ministry of health.
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