The government of the State of Osun, on Thursday announced
the closure of major markets with effect from Friday, March 27, while also
limiting the boarding capacity of vehicles operating within the State as part
of the ongoing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the State.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State
Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the government announced that all markets in
the State, including Orisumbare, Ajegunle spare part market and Ayegbaju market
will be shut with effect from tomorrow, Friday.
The statement further announced that all shopping malls will
also be shut, except for their pharmaceutical, foods and medical needs outlets.
Speaking on transportation within the State, the SSG said:
“all motorcycles henceforth will carry only one passenger, while all mini
buses will carry only four passengers with one passenger in front, one in the
middle and two at the back seat”.
The statement also announced the closure of the land borders
into the State with effect from Saturday, 28th March.
In another development, the government advised
all returnees from the United Kingdom, the United States of America and other
countries marked as high risk countries, who returned to the State of Osun in
the last two weeks, to call the State’s emergency number – 293 – for
instructions on how to stay safe.
The Osun State Government says the first and only confirmed case of Coronavirus in the State is in stable condition and responding positively to treatment. The government said the State medical personnel have been handling and managing the case professionally and that no severe symptoms had been traced to the patient. Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi, disclosed this on Thursday shortly after the meeting of the State Government Technical Committee on COVID-19, at the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo. He noted that the patient has been helping in easing the job of the medical personnel as he personally surrendered himself for treatment even before his health status was confirmed. Alabi who commended the patient for the high level of understanding and cooperation he has exhibited, said his action had assisted the state to implement its guiding principles against the deadly disease. The deputy governor said the government had gathered useful information that would assist in contract tracing of persons that might have come in contact with the confirmed case. According to him, the state government had stepped up its guiding principles and control measures to curb the spread of the disease. He added that health workers have been put on their toes for optimum performance at the present critical moment. Alabi furrher said the government had equipped and strengthened the capacity of the Isolation Centre at the State Specialist Hospital, to handle suspected or confirmed cases. “Yesterday Mr Governor announced the confirmation of an index case of the Coronavirus and to this end, we have begun to be more proactive in combating the menace. “We are working round the clock to strengthen our protocol and ensure that our guiding principles are tailored towards achieving the set objectives. “On the confirmed case, no doubt the patient is responding to treatment and he is in stable condition. We have done the needful. He has been isolated to a place where adequate treatment will be given to avoid the escalation of the disease”, the Deputy Governor stressed. In his reaction, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, said the medical personnel had been tasked to double their efforts in curtailing the spread of the pandemic in Osun.
Isamotu added that the specialist hospital had been restructured for emergency cases, while cold cases would be treated in some of the other health facilities across the state. “The State Isolation Center is absolutely secured. Presently, we are not attending to cold cases but emergencies as a sign of seriousness that we attached to the pandemic. We have equally warned the people who do not have anything to do to stay off the hospital. “And as part of our commitment to contain this disease, the state government has set up taskforce to man all the state land borders and conduct preliminary screening. “We have also begun massive sensitisation exercise against the pandemic across the nooks and crannies of the state while the residents had equally been earned to refrain from embracing and hugging one another,” Isamotu added.
….urges citizens to observe basic personal hygiene
The Osun State Ministry of Water Resources and Energy has
embarked on a massive public sensitisation tour across the nooks and crannies
of the state against the deadly Coronavirus.
The enlightenment advocacy was hinged on the need for the
residents to imbibe the culture of basic personal hygiene and social distancing
to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
The State Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Dr.
Amidu Tadese Raheem and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources
and Energy, Engr. Adeniran Felix Ibitoye, who led the campaign said the action
was taken in furtherance of the government’s directive for the people to stay
Addressing some residents during the campaign exercise,
Raheem maintained that the public advocacy became necessary in view of the
devastating nature of the pandemic, which had claimed the lives of many
people across the globe.
He appealed to the residents particularly market women and
men to adhere to the self-hygienic rules as the guaranteed path to healthy
The Commissioner said: “We are out to let our people
know the importance of self-hygiene. we want to educate them further on the
need to imbibe the spirit of regular hands washing as a way to prevent
themselves against any disease.
“As we all know, the pandemic Coronavirus has been
killing people across the globe, and as such, we are moving round the state,
community to community, market to market to sensitise our people on what is
expected of them to prevent the scourge.
“As a government, we have taken proactive measures to
prevent the spread of the disease in our state, and this campaign is to further
complement the government’s efforts at promoting quality health for the
“We shall continue to educate our people to live healthy,
we will not rest on our oars and we will continue to do the needful
particularly at this critical period that the entire world is being ravaged by
“The essence of this campaign particularly in the
market is to educate our people to avoid being in a crowd or social gathering
because findings had revealed that the disease spread faster where there is
crowd of people or any place where people gather in large numbers.
“Investigation had revealed that market places are
veritable sources where people can contaminate the disease, and as such, we
must guard against this by educating our people to avoid any form of
gathering,” he added.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water
Resources and Energy, Engr. Ibitoye, said the public advocacy exercise against
the spread of the disease would further expose the residents to what they need
to know on the dangers posed by Coronavirus.
He commended the administration of Governor Adegboyega
Oyetola for taking proactive steps against the spread of the pandemic disease
by putting in place necessary committees.
While assuring the residents of government’s continued
support to healthy living in the state, Ibitoye said the administration was
determined to promote good health of its people.
“We are moving round the market places to sensitise our
people to stay safe and healthy. This sensitisation exercise has also exposed
our people to what they needed to do to keep healthy.
“We have exposed them to cultivate the habit of regular
hands washing as cleanliness next to godliness”, he added.
Addressing the people at some of the markets visited, the
Iyaloja General of the state, Alhaja Awawu Oyebamiji Asindemade, tasked the
heads of the various markets to champion the campaign against the spread of the
She implored the market women and men to adhere
to the basic self-hygiene tips.
….as Oyetola, wife test negative for the virus, urges returnees to get tested
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of The State of Osun has disclosed that the first case of the novel Coronavirus has been confirmed in the State by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. The Governor during a press conference on Wednesday at the Government House in Osogbo, said the case is a returnee from the United Kingdom and is currently receiving treatment. He added that the case sample was tested at the NCDC accredited Testing Centre; the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede, Osun and the result returned positive. Oyetola said the government had contacted the family of the patient and had also immediately commenced contact tracing to identify people who might have come in contact with the confirmed case. He added that the confirmed case wasn’t the only sample that was subjected to investigation, but all other samples had tested negative. He disclosed that as a way of leading by example, himself and his wife had been tested and their results came back negative. “Considering the fact that I was in Abuja for the better part of last week, as a way of leading by example, I have also subjected myself to test. My wife, because of her recent travel history also subjected herself to test. Both came back negative,” he said. The Governor, therefore, encouraged all returnees from the UK, US, Europe, the West African Coast and other high risk countries to self-isolate and submit themselves to test in order to assist the government in containing the spread of the virus. Oyetola urged citizens and residents of the State not to panic, saying that the case is under control. He, however, urged them to observe necessary precautionary measures by observing good hygiene, regularly wash their hands with water and soap and also maintain social distancing. He disclosed that as part of efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the State, the State government had set up holding centres adding that the 20-bed holding centre at the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo is up and running, to isolate and treat suspected and reported cases of the virus in the State. He added that the Emergency numbers to call are 293, 08035025692, 08033908772 and 08056456250. Continuing, he emphasised measures the government had put in place to curtail the spread of the virus in the State. “A Taskforce has been set up to man all the state land borders and conduct preliminary screening and all major markets will be shut down with effect from Friday, March 27. However, traders are allowed to sell food items in front of their houses. Pharmacies are also exempted from this ban. “Also, the ban on public gatherings, church services, Mosques, social events and political meetings among others remains in force,” Oyetola added.
As part of efforts to curb the spread of Coronavirus
(COVID-19) in Osun, the State government has directed that all markets
transacted on weekly basis across the State be suspended indefinitely.
This is just as it embarked on a sensitisation exercise to educate
market women under the aegis of Association of Osun Market Women on the virus
and the need for them to practice good hygiene.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, who led
the government delegation on the sensitization visit to the market women,
disclosed the government’s decision to shut down the weekly markets.
Dr Isamotu stated that the lock down was necessary due to
the fact that Osun has boundaries with some States that have cases of the
COVID-19 adding that people from neighboring States patronise the weekly
markets, which he said, makes Osun open to disease.
He added only the daily market, which attract relatively low
patronage as against the weekly markets would be allowed to go on for now, but
with strict precautionary measures in place.
The Commissioner, therefore, urged the market women to
support government’s effort in containing the spread of the disease by putting
up hand-washing points and providing sanitiziers for everyone who patronise
He also warned people against loitering at markets, urging
them them to leave immediately after performing their transactions.
He maintained that Osun government under the leadership of
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was ready to combat the deadly virus, hence the
proactive measures set up to protect the citizens.
In her remark, the Special Adviser to Osun Governor on
Commerce, Cooperatives and Industries, Mrs Christiana Ogunfolaju, said that
safety measures are one of the keys to overcome the spread of Coronavirus and any
She urged the market women present at the meeting to pass on
the message to others who were not present.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Women, Children and
Social Affairs, Barrister Mrs Olubukola Olaboopo advised the market women to
ensure compliance and good hygiene and to notify appropriate authorities if
anyone is suspected to be infected with the virus.
The Osun Iyaloja General, Alhaja Awawu Asindemade in her
address appreciated the Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola for the proactive
measures taken in ensuring the safety of the citizens.
Asindemade said the association of market women was ever
ready to comply with the directive and regulations of the state government for
the benefit of all, assuring that the daily markets allowed to open for
transactions will not be abused. She added that the sensitisation would be
passed on to all market women in Osun.
Other government officials at the Sensitization meeting
include: Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Adedayo Adewole,
Commissioner for Rural and Community Affairs Mr Olusegun Olanibi and
Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties Engr Olalekan Badmus.
Following the upsurge in the cases of Coronavirus in the
country, the State Government of Osun has told its junior and middle-level
civil servants to proceed on a two-week leave, starting from Tuesday, 24 March,
2020, as part of measures to contain the spread of the disease.
According to a press release signed by the Secretary to the
State Government, SSG, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola
granted the leave for the workers as part of precautionary measures to
forestall any possible outbreak of coronavirus anywhere in the State.
The statement quoted Governor Oyetola as saying “all
Officers from Grade Level 1 – 12 in all services of the State should proceed on
two weeks leave beginning from Tuesday, 24th March 2020”.
However, workers on essential services such as health,
environmental sanitation, fire service, among others are not affected by the
“All Officers on essential services in Health and
Medical facilities, Environmental Sanitation, Fire Services, Water Corporation,
and all other essential services, are to be reporting for duty as usual”,
the statement noted.
While emphasising the premise for Osun’s
preventive protocols, the Governor said: “it will be noted that the
coronavirus has not spread to this State, but the Government will not spare any
effort that will make the State continue to be free of this pandemic
…says winning war against coronavirus, collective responsibility
As the spread of Coronavirus continues to ravage the world,
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of The State of Osun has urged citizens and
residents of the State not to panic but obey government’s instructions and
follow basic personal hygiene habits.
Oyetola said this during a statewide broadcast on Monday on
the measures put in place by the the State government to contain the spread of
Coronavirus in the State.
The Governor who disclosed that there was no confirmed case
of the virus in the state, called on residents of the State to cooperate with
the government to fight the virus, noting that “winning the war against
Coronavirus is a collective responsibility.”
“Fellow Citizens, winning the war against Coronavirus
is a collective responsibility. Let us all unite to fight the virus that is
threatening our lives, our economy and all we labour and stand for as a people.
“Do not panic! But obey government’s simple
instructions and directives. Follow simple hygiene. And together, we shall win
the war against Coronavirus and keep our State safe and secure. Cooperate with
government and endure the temporary hardships as no sacrifice is too much for
our lives and those of our loved ones”, the governor added.
Speaking on measures taken so far to prevent an outbreak of
the disease in Osun, Oyetola said the government had established three
committees and had also created a holding centre to treat possible reported
“As part of immediate measures to prevent an outbreak, we
constituted three committees to decisively deal with the situation. These are
the Technical Response Committee, the Economic Impact Committee and the
Communication Committee. These three committees, which consist of experts in
the respective fields, report directly to my office under my leadership.
“We have also created holding centre to isolate and
treat possible reported cases. The Emergency Hotline to call, should
there be need is 293. Other phone numbers are: 08035025692, 08033908772 and
“We are also in partnership with the African Centre of
Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) at the Redeemers
University, Ede, for easy investigation” he added.
Continuing, the governor stated that the State government
had placed a ban on public gatherings, adding that a Monitoring Team had been
mandated to enforce the ban.
“In addition to the proactive measures we have so far
taken, we have also placed a ban on public gatherings. We wish to make it
abundantly clear that the ban also covers unauthorised Mining Sites across the
State, Churches, Mosques, Political Meetings and Night Clubs among others.
“We have also mandated a Monitoring Team to enforce the
ban on public gatherings. We are doing all these to further ensure we are all
He appealed to residents of the State to avoid
non-essential travels within the country, while also urging them to
report to appropriate authorities if they have travel history to or from
nations identified as high risk countries or have contact with persons
diagnosed with the Coronavirus.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the production of Chloroquine for clinical trial in the search for a cure for COVID-19.
The Director-General of the agency, Mojisola Adeyeye, made the announcement on Friday at the NAFDAC Headquarters in Lagos, according to a report monitored on Channels Television.
Adeyeye pointed out that NAFDAC is not approving Chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 but for clinical trials to find treatment for the virus.
Channels TV, quoting Adeyeye, reported that “NAFDAC is not approving Chloroquine as a product that can be used for Coronavirus because there is no submission to is for registration but because it is under clinical trials, NAFDAC APPROVES medicines meant for clinical trials”.
Adeyeye called on experts and researchers that are interested in doing a clinical trial on Chloroquine to approach approved outlets.
The Osun State government has embarked on foreigners’ assessment exercise of mining sites as proactive and preventive measures to forestall the spread of dreaded Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 to the State.
The exercise which was championed by the leadership of the State Ministry of Health was part of the government’s strategies to curtail the influx of foreigners and illegal miners into the state who were perceived to be the source of the spread of the disease.
Addressing journalists during the campaign exercise to some of the mining sites at Ogbagba community in Ife-South Local Government Area, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu said the exercise was aimed at mapping out the Chinese foreigners and other immigrants in order to ensure that the state is free from the dreaded Coronavirus and other epidemic disease ravaging the world.
He added that the foreigners were thoroughly examined and none was detected to be infected with the coronavirus or any other disease.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Pharmacist Siji Olamiju, said the action was in furtherance of the government’s commitment to stem the tide of epidemic diseases in the state as the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was determined to promote quality healthcare delivery.
“We are here in line with our strategies to mapping out the Chinese foreigners who could be source of contamination with our people on this dreaded disease called Coronavirus. our aim is not to stigmatise them but to prevent those who might had been infected with Coronavirus from spreading the virus”
Olamiju disclosed that the exercise on the containment of Coronavirus had uncovered another public health challenge caused by illegal mining, adding that the government of Oyetola will not tolerate any form of irresponsible mining capable of causing environmental degradation.
He said ” the entire community has been destroyed by acid drilling caused by illegal and irresponsible mining where heavy metals find their ways into the rivers or water that people drink which can cause serious public health challenges. “What we have seen here is not suitable and the government under the leadership of Governor Oyetola will not tolerate environmental damage of this magnititude. The government will ensure that miner go about their business responsibly”, he added.
Following the identification and confirmation of Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 case in Lagos state, the Osun state government has inaugurated a Technical Action Committee to ensure rapod response and manage of the disease.
The action was informed by the government’s high sense of proactiveness and preparedness to promote quality health care in the state.
The members of the15-man committee drawn across different sectors will be chaired by the Director of Public Health, Dr. Gbenga Adepoju.
The other committee members include: Public Health Physician of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Dr. Olagunoye Ajibola; Acting State Epidemiologist, Dr. Olufemi Oroge; Superintendent of Police, Dr. Ehimare Adagbaja; Public Health Physician of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Professor Esimai Peju; Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Pharmacist Awoyemi Fatimo.
Others are: Veterinary Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture; Representative of Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation; Representative of Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning; Representative of Ministry of Environment; Representative of Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and State Coordinator for World Health Organization.
Inaugurating the Committee at a press conference organised by the Ministry of Health, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said the decision to set up the committee was part of efforts to keep the state safe.
Governor Oyetola who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi, said the action was also in furtherance of the government’s determination to promote quality healthcare delivery for the citizenry.
Describing the action as manifestation of the importance that the state accorded the health sector, Oyetola maintained that the state had put necessary mechanism in place to fight any form of epidemic.
Oyetola charged members of the committee to serve with high sense of commitment and dedication, and justify the confidence reposed in them .
“We are here to activate the inauguration of the Action Committee on Disease Outbreak Response Team specifically for Coronavirus called COVID-19 which is ravaging the whole world now. This is in quick response to what happened yesterday in Lagos in which a case of Coronavirus was identified and reported.
“As a state, we are not just starting our preparation for such epidemic, we have been putting necessary things in place and we have been enlightening our people on the need to prevent it and to ensure proper control.
“So, the newly inaugurated committee is saddled with a responsibility to coordinate all response activities so as to ensure effective surveillance system. It is the responsibility of the committee to provide adequate information as to the identification of any likelihood of the disease.
“It is also the responsibility of the committee to carry out awareness and educate the populace on what need to be done to avoid getting infected .
“Also, the committee must ensure effective management of the confirmed cases. This will include the prevention and curbing.
“The committee must also ensure adequate mobilisation of resources as appropriate to achieve the desired results and any other related duties to ensure that the disease doesn’t invade in our state.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Pharmacy Siji Olamiju, said the action was taken to complement the government’s efforts to properly nip in the bud any form of disease outbreak.
He commended the governor for his high sense of commitment to ensuring healthy living for the people of the state just as he reaffirmed that the state would continue to take proactive measures to curb any form of epidemic
Olamiju added: “We are here at the instance of that ugly health challenge of global magnititude that has been ravaging the world and all of us can testify to the fact that the state of Osun under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola doesn’t toy with the health of the populace as we can see things in the activities of the government in the health sector.
“We can see the level of the state’s preparedness and proactiveness as against the scourge of Lassa Fever which had made Osun to be the least-affected state in Nigeria without the record of any death to the scourge.
“So, the same thing has happened on the case of Coronavirus confirmed in Lagos. The inauguration of the team is another demonstration of government’s high sense of sensivitity and responsibility to ensure that the state stays safe.
“This Committee would help to checkmate the scourge and prevent its spread. It would work to ensure that the state is kept safe as we don’t want a single life lost.
While sensitising the public on the need to maintain hygienic habits , the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu identified the symptoms and signs of Covid-19 as sneezing, coughing, fever among others just as he urged the citizens to report any suspicious symptoms.
“We are always prepared for any eventuality that is why we organised this conference to tell the whole world our commitment to the quality healthcare for our people”, Isamotu added