- The Osun government after a headcount of those at the isolation center in Ejigbo has said only one person is unaccounted for
- This follows a report that six patients have escaped from the centre
- There are currently 20 coronavirus cases in Osun
Following a report that six patients at the isolation center escaped, the Osun state government has asked the public to disregard the news.
The government of Osun described as untrue, reports that six persons escaped from one of the isolation centres in the state.
Funke Egbemode, the commissioner for information, said a headcount was conducted on Saturday morning, and it showed that only one person could not be accounted for.
The patients were reported to have escaped from General Hospital, Ejigbo, where those suspected of contracting coronavirus are being kept.
“This morning we embarked on a headcount and found out that only one person could not be accounted for by officials stationed at the Isolation centre out of the 127 persons. The State Government is currently investigating the matter and will ensure that the missing person is brought back to the Isolation centre and we will also ensure we trace all his contacts," Egbemode said.
This comes shortly after Ismail Omipidan, chief press secretary to the state governor, told The Cable that after he saw the report of patients fleeing the isolation center, he quickly called one of the numbers on a list of “escapee patients” circulating on social media.
According to him, the person who answered the call confirmed being at the isolation center.
“I can’t confirm the report that some persons have escaped from the isolation center. We are about doing a headcount. I spoke with the commissioner for information on this issue,” he said.
Omipidan disclosed that Osun state currently has 20 coronavirus cases, of which 18 are from the 127 returnees from Ivory Coast.
“They claimed they were from Osun and when His Excellency, Gov Oyetola, got that information, he reached out to his Ogun state counterpart to provide security for the returnees to get here and the Ogun state government graciously did that.
“However, when the returnees got here and we profiled them, we discovered that not all of them are from Osun. Some are from Kwara, Oyo, Ekiti, Edo and Anambra," he said.
Omipidan added that Osun decided to keep them to prevent them from transmitting the disease to their various states.
According to him, the hospital where they are kept is conducive as it is a newly built facility.
Not long after Omipidan's comment,
Legit.ng had reported that an alarm was raised over the escape of six persons who recently tested positive for coronavirus from an isolation centre in Ejigbo.
The escapees were said to be part of the reported COVID-19 cases who returned from Ivory Coast.
According to the report, the government has begun a manhunt for the persons who were quarantined upon their return from the southwest African country due to the infectious nature of the disease.
Meanwhile, Professor Maurice Iwu has reportedly said the drug for the treatment of the dreaded coronavirus will be ready soon if the testing of the vaccine is completed.
Iwu who is the chairman of the Imo State Taskforce on COVID-19 gave the assurance in Owerri on Wednesday, April 1.
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