Lockdown: We’re not satisfied with compliance level – Enforcement Committee

Lockdown: We’re not satisfied with compliance level – Enforcement Committee

…. Warns migrants against lockdown, NCDC protocols violation

The Ijesaland lockdown Enforcement Committee on Friday, expressed dissatisfaction with  the  compliance level of the exercise so far.  

This is just as it warned people from other parts of the country living in Ijesaland against flouting  government’s directives designed to prevent community transmission of Coronavirus in the State.

It condemned in its entirety the high level of disobedience displayed by some artisanal miners resident in some parts of Ijesaland since the beginning of the lockdown in the areas, insisting that the migrants in Ifewara and its environs in Atakunmosa West Local Government had turned deaf ears to lockdown order imposed on the area.

Government of the State of Osun had last weekend announced a 7-day total lockdown in  four local governments in Ijesa axis of the State as part of efforts to curb community transmission of  the Coronavirus pandemic.

The enforcement team, which toured Iwara-Ijesa, Iwikun-Ijesa and Ifewara-Ijesa all in Atakunmosa-West local government area, arrested some violators who were later sensitised on the health implications of COVID-19 and the likely effect of their insolence.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mrs. Abiodun Ige, who led the enforcement team, decried the way and manner the migrants residing in the areas flouted government’s directives.

She lamented what she described as gross disobedience of government’s directives, saying the suspected migrants were carrying on as if there was no lockdown in Ifewara and its environs.

Ige who expressed fear  of the implications  of the conduct of the migrants in the town noted that if urgent action was not taken, such an act might jeopardise the fundamental reason the lockdown was imposed.

She warned the defaulters to desist from taking government’s directives for granted, saying there won’t be any preferential treatment  in the enforcement of rules.

“It is unfortunate that despite the lockdown, some  people from other parts of the country still flagrantly opened their markets and engaged in open buying and selling activities.

“As you can see, we met them here in the market selling and buying as if there was no lockdown. Many of them didn’t observe safety protocols. They didn’t wear nose masks and they didn’t maintain social distancing as directed by the government”, she added.

Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon. Mumini Adekunle Rafiu, lamented the poor compliance level experienced in some parts of the areas. He said government would not rest on its oars in ensuring strict compliance to lockdown order as efforts would be jerked up to strengthen security in the affected areas.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun records 21 new cases

The Government of the State of Osun on Tuesday confirmed the discovery of 21 new cases.

The State’s Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, disclosed this in a statement Tuesday  evening in Osogbo.

He disclosed that all the new cases were contacts of those who had previously contracted  the virus in the State.

The Commissioner appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus. He also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 199 with  108 active cases, adding that the State has successfully treated and discharged 84 patients while seven deaths have so far been recorded.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun discharges 21, records 13 new cases

The Government of the State of Osun on Monday confirmed the discharge of 21 patients from its Treatment and Isolation Centres.

This is just as it confirmed the discovery of 13 new cases in the State. 

The State’s Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, disclosed these in a statement Monday evening in Osogbo.

He disclosed that all the 13 new cases were mostly contacts of previous cases in the State.

He appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.

The Health Commissioner also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 178 with  87 active cases. “With the latest development, the number of active cases as at today, Monday, July 6, is 87. We have 178 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 84 patients while seven deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun records 14 new cases, 2 deaths, discharges 4

The Government of the State of Osun on Saturday confirmed the discovery of 14 new cases in the State. 

The State’s Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, made this known through a press statement in Osogbo on Saturday.

He disclosed that four patients were also discharged from its Treatment and Isolation Centre same day after testing negative for the virus, while two deaths were recorded.

The Commissioner noted that the new cases were discovered following contact tracing of previous cases in the State. 

He appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.

The Health Commissioner also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 165 with  95 active cases. “With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Saturday , July 4  is 95. We have 165 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 63 patients while seven deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.

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Private hospitals not allowed to admit, treat COVID-19 patients’ – Osun Govt insists

The State Government of Osun has restated its warning that private hospitals in the State are not allowed to admit and treat suspected or confirmed Coronavirus patients. 

The State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode who gave the warning via a public announcement on Thursday, stated that non-adherence to the directive would attract prosecution by the State Government.

Egbemode disclosed the State government has accredited health facilities with required personnel to treat suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients in the State. 

“The State Government of Osun has reiterated that private hospitals across the State are NOT ALLOWED to treat COVID-19 patients, whether suspected or confirmed. 

“The State has recognised, accredited and adequate Government facilities with the required personnel to take care of patients, whether suspected or confirmed, at its Isolation and Care Centres. Testing and treatment are free in all government facilities,” she said.  The Commissioner noted that attempt to treat COVID-19 patients in private facilities would only open the State to community infections and negate all the sacrifices people of Osun had made so far.

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Osun discharges six more COVID-19 patients

Government of The State of Osun has discharged six more COVID-19 patients after testing negative twice to the virus, in line with the National Centre for Disease Control protocol, following their treatment at the Isolation Centre in Ejigbo.

The State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, who made this known via his official Twitter handle, @GboyegaOyetola on Wednesday afternoon, said the six are among the remaining seven Ivory Coast returnees at the Ejigbo isolation centre.

“Another good news from our Isolation Centre, as 6 more COVID-19 patients have tested negative twice, in line with 

@NCDCgov protocol. The patients who are among the 127 Ivory Coast returnees have been discharged to join their families,” the governor tweeted.

A total of 17 out of the 127 returnees had tested positive for the virus. 10 of the 17 were discharged on Saturday, 11 April, 2020 after testing negative twice to the virus.

The release of another six patients today brings to 17, the number of Coronavirus patients that have been managed and discharged in Osun.

“This brings to 17, the number of cases that have tested negative twice and have been discharged after treatment in our State. The remaining two patients at our facility are responding to treatment and it is our hope they will recover soon and be released to reconnect with their families,” Oyetola disclosed.

The governor thanked the people of the State for their cooperation and sacrifice during this challenging period.  He further said: “I also appreciate all our health workers who have been working so hard to ensure we’re all safe. You’re our heroes and we can’t appreciate your sacrifices enough. God bless you all,” he added.

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Osun govt discharges 10 Ivory Coast returnee COVID-19 patients

…remaining 7 to be discharged soon

The Osun State Government has discharged  10 Coronavirus patients from its health facility at Ejigbo, having tested negative twice for the virus.

The State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, who disclosed this at a press briefing on Saturday in Osogbo, said the 10 patients had tested negative twice for the virus in line with the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC protocol, and have been released to reconnect with their families. 

According to the governor, the 10 patients are among the 17 Ivory Coast returnees that were earlier tested positive. He added that the remaining 7 patients were responding to treatment, and expressed optimism that they will soon recover and be released to join their families. 

Oyetola said the release of the 10 patients would bring to 11, the number of cases that have tested negative twice in the State. 

It would be recalled that of the two earlier COVID-19 cases in the State, one had tested negative and had since been discharged.

“You will recall that of the two earlier cases one had tested negative and had since been discharged. Consequently, the release of 10 patients today brings to 11, the number of cases that have tested negative twice and have been discharged after treatment in the State of Osun,” he said. 

The governor noted that “this development underscores our belief that COVID-19 isn’t a death sentence, but is treatable if the patients surrender themselves for treatment on time.”

He added that the discharge of 11 patients was a confirmation to the fact that the state has the right equipment and personnel to handle the Coronavirus pandemic.

Oyetola expressed delight on the success recorded so far, “saying the successful treatments should also encourage persons who are feeling unwell to come out for testing and treatment if found positive” 

The Governor thanked residents of the State for their understanding and for complying with the directive given by the government, while urging them to continue to obey the regulations to avert community transmission. “We thank our people for their understanding and for complying with the directives imposed by government and the relevant agencies. We urge them all to continue to obey the regulations to avert community transmission,” he stated. 

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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: Do not panic, Oyetola Urges Osun Citizens

…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 cases. 

“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 08056456250.

“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 safe.” 

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.

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Coronavirus: NAFDAC Approves Production of Chloroquine for Clinical trial

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.

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