Covid-19: Oyo Task Force discovers case in college

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The Oyo State Covid-19 Task Force has discovered the virus case in a college, and directed the management of schools, workplaces and religious centres to ensure strict compliance with established protocols aimed at curtailing the Coronavirus.

 The Task Force has also declared its readiness to shut down any institution, religious centre or workplace that violates the rules on the use of closed space settings whether at schools, religious or social settings.

Speaking on behalf of the Task Force, the Chief Press Secretary CPS to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, noted that the advice became necessary following the discovery of a Covid-19 case in a tertiary institution in the state.

 “The government of Oyo State wishes to draw the attention of the general public to the recent resurgence of cases of Coronavirus in the state. Many of these cases were discovered in closed space settings such as offices and other workplaces. A reported case within a tertiary educational institution had also resulted in more cases being discovered through contact tracing”, he said.

Lock-in of school and contact tracing
Adisa said the Emergency Operations Centre EOC of the Task Force had immediately ordered a lock-in of the affected tertiary institution, among other measures, to prevent further spread and keep staff, students and the general public safe and also kick-started contact tracing, while subjecting every possible contact to necessary surveillance.

 The CPS admonished all residents to ensure due compliance with the directives and all Covid-19 prevention protocols to enable a successful limitation of virus transmission, adding that there was no need to panic, as  all necessary protocols needed for effective management and psychosocial support had been instituted, by the state, as a responsive  and responsible government.

 He noted, “the Task Force essentially wishes to implore considerable restraint at closed gatherings and environments especially in closed educational, religious and social environments. It is important to note that these measures are not in any way punitive but are essentially aimed at protecting the lives of all and sundry from the menace of the virus as well as prevent the spread of the virus within our communities.”

He said all hygienic practices associated with the preventive protocols are to be properly adhered to in the state, while the utilization of safety devices as well as social distancing should also be upheld.

 He disclosed that the slogan in Oyo State has been ‘own your action’ #OYA, as  it is expected that everyone in the state takes responsibility for their actions in this pandemic period as such actions would have a collective impact on the lives of all.

Nneka Ukachukwu

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