The Government of the State of Osun has placed a ban on all gatherings that would bring together 50 or more people in the same place. This measure takes immediate effect and will be in place until further notice. The ban will affect all Schools in Osun, Churches, Mosques, Night Clubs and Sports arenas among others.
The government, which advised the citizenry not to panic,
especially because no case has been recorded in the state so far, noted that it
arrived at the decision it took after wide consultations with health
professionals and stakeholders in the health sector over COVID-19.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Ismail Omipidan, the government noted that
the ban became necessary following Federal Government’s directive to ensure
precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
Besides, the government noted that the mere fact that few
cases have been reported in its neighbouring states makes it imperative to act.
“As at 18th March 2020, the total number of cases as
announced by the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stands at
eight (8), with one of the five (5) recent cases confirmed on Wednesday, in
“Though we have not recorded any case of the deadly
virus, as a responsible government, we must be prepared so that we are not
taken by surprise. The corona virus scourge is a complex public health
emergency, the type the world had never seen.
“Therefore, to protect our dear state, our
children, and our economy will require our collective response and
sacrifice. Government at both state and local government levels will lead but
we will all need to do our bit to get through this bad patch.
“As a responsible and responsive government that places
premium on the well-being of its people, we will protect our citizens from
potential and actual threats.
“We also urge our people to thoroughly observe the precautionary protocols of thorough washing of hands with soap and clean water and the use of hand sanitizer; observing social distance and avoiding large gatherings, and alerting the authority of any suspected case. “Our Technical Action Committee is working round the clock to beef up the State’s capacity for epidemiological control and management. We therefore call on citizens not to give in to undue panic” the statement 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