Osun Ministry of Innovation’s Directors turns Call Agents.

The Honourable Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Hon. (Dr.) Olawale Babatunde Olumide in his effort towards Covid-19 sensitization has directed all Directors in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology to report at the State Emergency Call Center today 27th of March 2020. This exercise was aimed at assisting the Call Agents in attending to numerous calls bombarding the center via 293.

It was recalled that Hon. (Dr.) Olawale Babatunde Olumide visited the call center earlier this week, and observed that the center has been a great instrument of awareness, as people call from different locations across the country to make enquiries on Covid-19 Pandemic, its symptoms and prevention via the State of Osun Emergency Toll-free line 293. As well as reporting suspected cases.

“As it has been known that the deadly Covid-19 Pandemic has no cure when it goes severe, the only way to help people to be safe is to get them informed,” He said.

One of the Call agent representative, beseech the government to help them in recruiting more staffs so as to enhance the operation. He also emphasized on the need to upgrade the center in other to improve the quality of service delivery and identify opportunities of revenue generation.  The Honourable Commissioner promised to forward their request to the state government, and also enjoined them to be proactive in their duties.

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Coronavirus: Osun Water Ministry begins massive public sensitisation

….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 safe.

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 living.

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 citizens.

“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 pandemic.

“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 pandemic. She implored the market women and men to adhere to the basic self-hygiene tips.

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Coronavirus: Osun Govt comfirms first case, begins contact tracing

….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.

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COVID-19: Osun Govt suspends weekly markets indefinitely

…..sensitises Market Women

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 them. 

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 other disease.

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.

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Coronavirus: Osun State Government takes foreigners’ assessment exercise to mining sites

…vows to end illegal mining

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.

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