Coronavirus: PDP urges NCDC to isolate Ondo state lawmakers

Coronavirus: PDP urges NCDC to isolate Ondo state lawmakers

- The NCDC has been asked to isolate and test some lawmakers in Ondo state

- The demand was made by the Ondo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party

- Some lawmakers in the state were spotted with the Governor Akeredolu who has since tested positive to COVID-19

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The Ondo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to carry out testing and isolate some lawmakers in the state's house of assembly.

Some of the lawmakers and other aides accompanied Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to Abuja to purchase nomination and expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Akeredolu has since tested positive to the virus and is currently on self-isolation.

Coronavirus: PDP urges NCDC to isolate Ondo state lawmakers

Governor Akeredolu announced recently that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Photo credit: Ondo state govt
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The PDP said it was concerned about the possibility of identifying, isolating and testing those who may have been exposed to the governor particularly within the last 14 days.

A statement by its spokesman, Zadok Akintoye, read: “A viral video clearly showing the Governor sneezing into his hands in the midst of the honourable members of the House of Assembly, was shared online making it imperative that the National Centre for Disease Control takes immediate action in testing and isolating anyone who may have been exposed to the Governor within the last few days.

“Our prayers and best wishes goes to the governor at these time and we hope that the lessons learnt would help in ensuring greater compliance with laid down rules for mitigating the spread of the virus.”

On social media, some Nigerians have been lamenting that state governors and highly placed persons continue to flout COVID-19 protocols.

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While they easily get away with it become of their standing in the society, those at the lower rung of the society get 6-month jail time.

Already, Nigeria is fighting to curb community transmission of the viral disease, but many, especially the elites, seems to have moved on.

One of such persons is the governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello who recently declared that COVID-19 is an artificial creation.

He made the statement on Tuesday, June 30, at a prayer session for the repose of the soul of late Kogi chief judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, who reportedly died at a COVID-19 isolation centre.

Governor Bello said COVID-19 is propagated to create fear and panic among Nigerians.

Meanwhile, the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) is threatening to down tools about a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) suspended its strike amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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JOHESU stated that there is discrimination against its members in the implementation of the newly approved inducement and hazard allowances for medical workers.

The association is also protesting among other issues, the alleged withheld salaries of its members.

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